The Art of the Chapbook

This workshop will focus on preparing manuscripts to become chapbooks, from poetry to flash prose to micro-essay collections, or any hybrid thereof.  This is a very “beginner friendly” introduction, and a valuable refresher for more seasoned authors, to invigorating and/or reinvigorating the work of being an independently published author.  In addition to moderate generation of new work, there will be intensive yet highly constructive and supportive feedback given to arrangement, arc, theme and movement within the confines of a short manuscript (between 12-36 pages.)  This workshop also serves as a natural extension of the Intro to Poetry workshop.


Class facilitator Paul Corman-Roberts holds a double Masters (MA/MFA) in Poetics from the notorious New College of California. A student of legendary poets David Meltzer, Genevieve Lim, Gloria Frym and Neeli Cherkovski, he is the author of “Bone Moon Palace” from Black Lawrence Press (2021), “The Sincere” from Libran Apocalypse Books (2022) as well as dozens of appearances in publications and anthologies such as The Rumpus, Great Weather for Media, Colossus: Body, Dispatches from Quarantine, The Town, The Racket SF, The San Franciscan, Poetry Flash, the SF Chronicle and Quiet Lightning.  He is co-founder and co-director of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland CA.



November 02, 2023 - December 14, 2023


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Paul Corman-Roberts


Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts has coached many successful poets to publication, from chapbooks to singular poems to full-length collections. He is the author of four chapbooks and two full-length collections of prose poetry, including Bone Moon Palace from Nomadic Press in 2020. He is a four-time nominee for Pushcart, Best of the Web, and Northern California Book Award. He is an MA/MFA Graduate of the New College of California Poetics program where he studied with David Meltzer, Genny Lim, and Neeli Cherkovski. In addition to teaching at SF Creative Writing Institute, he also teaches workshops for the Older Writer’s Lab at the San Francisco Public Library and works in the Oakland Unified School District. He was a founder of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, California.