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The Poet’s Studio

Upcoming Classes

The Poet’s Studio: Exploring Poetic Forms – FULL
with Special Guest Appearance by Marilyn Singer

Whether you’re beginning your poetry journey, or have written poetry for years, whether you write for children or adults, in this 3 session workshop we will play and explore a wide range of poetic forms such as a Cento, Found poem, Reverso, Aubade, and many more. Poetic form isn’t just about meter and rhyme it encompasses a range of vessels that poems can inhabit. This class is open to everyone. If you’ve already taken my Poetic Forms class, we will be exploring new poetic forms in this workshop.

Tuesdays, March 16th, 23rd, and 30th
7:00-9:30 PM (EST)

Guest Speaker, Marilyn Singer
Marilyn Singer, poet extraordinaire of 100+ books for children and young adult including Follow the Recipe and Mirror, Mirror, is a virtuoso in poetic forms. She created a new form of poetry called Reverso which she will share with us during the workshop.


I am now offering a limited number of individual poem critiques.

  • line by line critique of individual poems
  • a Zoom conference to discuss your poems
  • turnaround time within 2 – 3 weeks

Rate & Instructions

Fees range from $30 to $35 per poem (poems limited to 1 page) with a minimum of 5 poems. If your poems are shorter than 10 lines you can submit 2 short poems on one page and the fee will be for 1 poem. Note: fees decrease with 15 & 20 poems.

*Please attach your poems as a Word Doc because I use track changes for the line by line critique
*After paying on PayPal, email your poems to me at findapoem@gmail.com with your full name and “Poem Critique” in subject line

*Include any specific questions about the poems you would like me to address

Poem Critique Packages

Critique fee starts at $35 per poem (poems limited to 1 1/2 pages) with a minimum of 5 poems.
Note: fee decreases with 15 and 20 poems.

5 poems $175
10 poems $350
15 poems $480
20 poems $60

Poetry Manuscript Review  & Broad Stroke Editorial Suggestions
Poetry manuscript assessment with broad-stroke editorial feedback —consisting of an in-depth reading of the manuscript, general and specific comments about the poems outlining strengths and weaknesses, evaluation of the collection as a whole including the manuscript’s organizational structure, idea, and back matter (if applicable).  In addition, we will schedule a 45 minute to 1 hour follow-up Zoom consultation to discuss your manuscript in more detail.

Project fees start at $1000 for a 32 page poetry picture book manuscript and vary based on a variety of factors including scope of project, page count complexity, and time needed. Please email me for fee if your manuscript is not a 32 page poetry picture book.

 Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit by email as a Word document attachment as I use track changes
  • Indicate your last name and title of work in the subject line of email
  • Attach a cover letter which includes a one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript as well as any specific questions about the poems or manuscript you would like me to address.

 Please format the poems as follows:

  • 12 pt font
  • double -spaced
  • put your name on each page
  • include page numbers

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Past Classes

The Poet’s Studio Winter Revision Intensive Poetry Workshop – FULL

Three Weeks
Tuesdays, January 12th – January 26th

7:00 – 9:30 pm (EST)
Whether you’re just beginning your poetry journey or have worked through many revisions of your poems, receiving constructive feedback is essential to the creative process. In this supportive, critique-centered workshop, each week you will share a poem in progress and receive thoughtful, practical suggestions from Georgia Heard and fellow participants to strengthen your piece.

The Poet’s Studio Summer Workshop – FULL
Four Weeks
Wednesdays July 22nd-August 12th
7:00-9:00 ET

The Poet’s Studio Writing Poetry for Children Summer Workshop with special guest Rebecca Kai Dotlich – FULL
Three Weeks
Thursdays August 6th – August 20th
7:00-9:00 ET


The Poet’s Studio: How to Write a Children’s Poetry Collection Picture Book – FULL

with Guest Appearance by Kate Jacobs, former senior editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Three Weeks
Mondays November 2nd – November 16th

7:00 – 9:15 PM (EST)
In this 3 session workshop, we’ll be focusing how to create a children’s poetry picture book from start to finish. First, we’ll brainstorm a variety of themes, topics and ideas for a poetry picture book collection and then poets will start to build a table of contents and plan the organizational structure. We’ll study a range of possible poetic styles and genres, and take a look at one or two individual poems from your manuscript. Kate Jacobs, former senior editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will be our special guest in one of the sessions.

The Poet’s Studio Workshops are open to anyone who wants to generate new writing, strengthen editing skills and collaborate with other writers by sharing work and providing thoughtful feedback in a virtual workshop space. If you are new to poetry workshops, this is a safe space where everybody, no matter what level, has something to contribute.

Workshop Structure

  • Multiple Online Sessions (see specific workshops)
  • verbal feedback from instructor and peers
  • weekly readings and prompts


Poetry workshops have a base tuition of $250.

Once registered, you can withdraw from class and receive a prorated refund. If you withdraw more than a week before the 1st meeting you will receive a full refund, minus a $30 processing fee. Withdrawals a week or less before the 1st meeting will receive an 80% refund. There is no refund for withdrawals after the 1st meeting.

Workshop fees can be paid using the form which handles transactions through PayPal.

Georgia Heard has taught at Poet’s House, Teachers College, Columbia University, Gothenburg University, and elsewhere around the world. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Writers’ Workshop.

She is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and the author of ten books on writing, an anthology of poetry The Woman In This Poem: Women’s Voices in Poetry (PlumleafPress, 2015) and numerous children’s poetry picture books including her newest Boom! Bellow! Bleat! Animal Poems for Two Or More Voices (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2019) and My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness (forthcoming 2/2/2021, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

Contact Info

Please email Georgia Heard at Heard_Georgia@yahoo.com (Note: There is an underscore between Heard and Georgia)

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