Poet and teacher Laura Wetherington will be giving a special master class for us online on Sunday, 21 February from 20:00 – 21:30 CET (UTC+1).

With the help of fellow poet and faculty member Wende Crow, Laura will be discussing her new collection Parallel Resting Places and talking about gender, epistolary poems, and confessionals, as well as more general topics, such as writing from a source text/fake translations, revision, putting together a collection, literary citizenship, poetry editing.

Note: Winter 2021 course members, you can use your member’s discount code to receive 25% off—you will find it in your course discussion forum.

Parallel Resting Places, which just came out in January 2021 (Parlor Press), was awarded the 2020 New Measure Prize by Peter Gizzi. Laura’s earlier collection, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. Her poems have been featured by Poem-A-Day, the Colorado Review, and The Normal School, among many others. Laura is a feature writer for the University of Arizona Poetry Center, a reviewer at Full Stop, and the poetry editor at Baobab Press and she teaches in Sierra Nevada University’s low-residency MFA program and with the Collective.

Wende, who is teaching our current Level II poetry course, holds an MFA from New School University in New York. Her poems, essays, and stories have appeared in Ploughshares, New Haven Review, Hartskill Review, and other publications. She’s currently working on completing her manuscript The Winter of My Tarantula.

To get the most out of the class we recommend you read Parallel Resting Places in advance. You can get it directly from the publisher in paperback or PDF (the PDF is only $10 and is available for download immediately) or in paperback via the Book Depository, Bookshop (UK), Amazon (US), or Bol (NL).


In this series, working writers talk tips, tricks and techniques with a focus on a single novel or collection. The classes are conducted in an interview format with plenty of room for questions. Check out our podcast archive to listen to recordings of previous Master Classes with writers such as A.M. Homes, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction; Kristen Roupenian, author of the viral short story “Cat Person”; and Jennifer Clement, PEN International president.

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