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One-On-One Poetry Workshop


The One-On-One Poetry Workshop is for those who are interested in an in-depth series of email exchanges about their poems with the workshop leader, poet Arthur Vogelsang. Each week for 7 weeks you submit a different poem which Vogelsang critiques in a 700-750 word email. That week you respond in an email of that length or less, or you may choose not to respond, then in that week Vogelsang responds to you. After 7 of these exchanges, in the 8th week you write a 700-750-word "conference letter" to Vogelsang, due on Monday of that week, topics initiated by you, then Vogelsang responds, and finally you reply, or not. All correspondence must be completed within the 8 weeks.

As the exchanges are done on an individual, private basis and there is no group interaction, all levels of writing are welcome, from beginners to poets with a publishing history and all of those between. Any style or content is considered. While admission is competitive, Vogelsang would like a variety of workshop members, therefore beginning poets are not necessarily competing with all others and are encouraged to apply.


Application to the One-On-One Poetry Workshop is free. Simply submit 3 poems with a brief note about yourself--a professional biography including publications, degrees, and some relevant personal information, if you care to include that. If you are beginning to write poetry, application is by submission of 3 poems with an explanation of why you write, whose poetry you admire, and some relevant personal information if you care to include that. Minimum age requirement is 18. Apply with all material, including the poems, in one email, to: arthurv123@aol.com

The fee for each 8-week workshop session is $1,600. There are two sessions in 2022:

1. May 23 - July 15
2. September 26 - November 18

After acceptance to the One-On-One Workshop, your first poem for discussion is due in Vogelsang's email box on the Monday of each week's work, (e.g., Monday, May 23, for session 1) and then the week's exchanges follow. The critique appears on Wednesday, your response on Thursday, Vogelsang's reply to that on Friday. After 7 of these weekly exchanges, in the 8th week you write a 700-750 word, or less, "conference letter" to Vogelsang, due on Monday with topics initiated by you, then Vogelsang responds on Wednesday, and finally you have an opportunity to respond by Friday.


Session 1. May 23 - July 15
Application period April 12 - May 3
Admission decision May 6
Fee check due May 16
Workshop May 23 - July 15

Session 2. September 26 - November 18
Application period September 7 - September 16
Admission decision September 19
Fee check due September 23
Workshop September 26 - November 18


You may apply to more than one session per year but you must observe each application period for each session. You may not use previously submitted poems you showed to apply, or poems critiqued previously, for subsequent applications.

Your check for the fee of $1,600 is sent to Vogelsang’s mailing address (supplied upon admission) and must arrive by the "Fee check due" date above. Withdrawal may occur after the first week with notice to Vogelsang and no submission of a poem for the second week. A refund of 7/8 of the fee or $1,400 will be granted. No other refunds are considered, nor are any other forms of payment.

The One-On-One Poetry Workshop is not affiliated with any degree-granting program.

You and Vogelsang are expected to treat the email exchanges with complete confidentiality--no blogging, posting, or sharing on social media. Participants' names will remain confidential.

Enrollment is limited for each Workshop, allowing Vogelsang to devote considerable time to each participant