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6-Week Zoom Poetry Workshop: Navigating Scale in Poetics, Starts August 16th, 2021
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6-Week Zoom Poetry Workshop: Navigating Scale in Poetics, Starts August 16th, 2021

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Class Starts Monday, August 16th, 2021


Class will meet weekly via Zoom, 6:00PM – 9:00PM CST

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Led by Justin Balog, former Assistant Editor at Michigan Quarterly Review. You can read his work in The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Narrative, and as the guest editor of Issue 3 of MQR Mixtape.

How do we think about scale in our poetics? What do notions of scale include? How can we take abstract ideas and make them intimate or vice versa? How can the through-lines of memory or experience serve each poem? How can we structure associative logic or objects of lyric refraction to grapple with these ideas and transform the inner self?

In this workshop, we will consider questions of scale using contemporary examples from influential poets. Using our observations and insights from these examples, we will then turn to our own work to see how scale can be managed through craft.

Once a week we will convene with 1-2 examples of contemporary work. We will then think about these poems in terms of our own poetic craft, giving feedback and guiding each other’s work to the fullest potential in a collaborative, discussion-based workshop environment.


  • Lots of new writing.
  • A deeper sense of your writing and unique gifts as a writer.
  • New friends who are on the same journey.     
  • A feeling of creative playfulness and possibility.     
  • Creative courage.
You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.

This class meets weekly via Zoom.
  • Instructor: Justin Balog
  • Starts August 16th, 2021 | 6PM - 9PM CST
  • Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom.
Instructor Justin Balog is a writer and arts administrator from Beach Park, IL. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program with his MFA in Poetry. He has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the University of Michigan. He currently serves as an Assistant Editor at Michigan Quarterly Review. His work appears in Ploughshares and Narrative Magazine. In addition to his writing, he has also managed arts programs at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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