Poetry Writing

The Arts and Crafts Movement and its idealistic philosophy, based on the synthesis of nature, love of craft, and simple living, was the genesis of the Byrdcliffe Colony and remains a living and growing component. The tradition and the future of education is alive and centered at the historic Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. 


Monday Mornings, 10 am – 12:30 pm

May 3 – June 17
(no class Memorial Day)

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Monday Afternoons, 2 – 4:30 pm
May 3 – June 17
(no class Memorial Day)

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Poetry Writing Workshop

New and more advanced poets are invited to take part in this six-week poetry workshop led by poet, writer, and editor Patrick Hammer, Jr. Each week a different poetic style will be explored. Writing exercises will be given in class and to do at home.  Each week participant’s poems will be workshopped and discussed. An anthology of the class’s poems is planned along with a combined public reading for both sessions.

Workshop Schedule

5/06 – Intro to Poetry, A Look at Haiku 

5/13 – A Look at Lyrical Poetry 

5/20 – A Look at Narrative Poetry 

6/03 – Ekphrastic Poetry: poems inspired by art  

6/10 – A Look at Forms: The Villanelle 

6/17 – The Found Poem: What is it 

Additional Information

Class Location
Kleinert/James Center for the Arts | 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY.

REGISTRATION: First come first served.
Class size limited to 6; classes fill up quickly. If full, contact info@woodstockguild.org or 845.679.2079 to be added to a Waitlist.


Patrick Hammer, Jr.

Poet, Writer, Educator

Patrick Hammer, Jr., a resident of Saugerties, was formerly from The Bronx, and Paramus and Fort Lee in New Jersey. He has been on the poetry scene since the mid-70s and was a long-time member and workshop leader for North Jersey’s Bergen Poets. He co-led The Wild Angels writing workshops at Manhattan’s Cathedral of Saint John the Divine for ten years, 2000-2010. During the 1980s he led workshops at the Fort Lee Adult School. For nearly 20 years he led workshops for writing and poetry appreciation at the Fort Lee Senior Activity Center. Hammer is recently co-founder of The Blue Stone Poets and their workshops meeting in the Village of Saugerties. He has 9 books published and appears widely in small literary magazines here and abroad.