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Poets against the Blank Page

Free Poetry Workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library

The Grand Marais Public Library is excited to invite people to workshop their poems on Wednesday, December 13th, from 5:30-7:30 PM. This workshop is intended for anyone ages 13 and up, at all skill levels. Librarian Ryan Leng will facilitate the workshop.

The next workshop will feature a lesson on rhyme and meter, AKA prosody, as well as exercises and peer review for the development of drafts and generation of new ideas. To get the most out of this workshop, participants should bring drafts of poems, however short or fragmentary, as well as ideas for new poems. 

Prior to becoming a Grand Marais librarian, Ryan Leng taught English for ten years to secondary students, including students in both AP English Literature and AP English Language, with success helping students find their voices not only for writing essays about poetry, but also for writing poetry of their own. Ryan understands how difficult poetry can be, as well as how much courage and vulnerability it takes to read aloud unfinished poems; consequently, he has designed this workshop to ensure that the learning environment is comfortable and respectful to all participants.

There is no registration required. Attendees should bring paper as well as a pen or pencil. Non-alcoholic beverages with lids are welcome. For more details ahead of the workshop, you may email Ryan at [email protected]

Date & Time

December 13, 2023

5:30PM - 7:30PM


Grand Marais Public Library - 104 2nd Ave West, PO Box 280, Grand Marais, MN, 55604 104 2nd Ave West, PO Box 280 Grand Marais 55604 MN US

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(218) 387-1140


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