The Art of the Chapbook

Chapbooks are increasingly popular in the indie lit world as a vehicle for getting published, and a calling card for many respected poets and writers that gets their work noticed by other presses. In this course, we will develop manuscripts for publication in chapbook form that are “market ready.” Even if you feel you don’t have enough material for a full chap collection, we’ve got you covered with both generative and editorial writing prompts to bring a special manuscript together.

The workshop will also go over the various options for publication, distribution, and the basic do’s and don’ts of chapbook submissions. By the time the workshop concludes, you will be in possession of a chapbook-length manuscript of poetry or prose ready to shop around to small presses, take to the print shop or to POD distributors.



July 09, 2022 - August 20, 2022


11:00 am - 2:00 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.