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Upcoming Workshops

Each year CAP offers a series of workshops to help folks get their creative juices flowing. Workshops are added throughout the year, so check back! (or click below to join our e-mail list!) 

Writing Workshop, poetry-centered

All levels of experience, all genres welcome!
Six Week (Wednesdays) starting February 19th

With: Melissa Tuckey, 2019-2020 Tompkins County Poet Laureate 
Dates: 6 consecutive Wednesdays starting on February 19th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: CAP ArtSpace, 110 N. Tioga St, on the Commons
Fee: $120, Registration Required.
12 participants max so register soon!  

This poetry-centered writing course being offered by Tompkins County Poet Laureate Melissa Tuckey will introduce writers to a steady stream of culturally and stylistically diverse contemporary poetry as inspiration to deepen and enliven their own writing practice. Each workshop will include craft based discussions about our readings, time for writing in response to writing prompts, and time for sharing work in progress for constructive feedback. 

If you are looking for more structure or inspiration in your writing life— or would like to access a deeper appreciation of contemporary poetry— or would benefit from being part of a supportive community of engaged writers — or simply want to have more fun and more freedom in your writing—  THIS WORKSHOP is for you.

All ages, all levels of writer, all genres, welcome. 

Tompkins County Poet Laureate Melissa Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, published by University of Georgia Press, 2018. She’s a literary activist and co-founder of Split This Rock, a national poetry organization dedicated to lifting up culturally and stylistically diverse poetry of provocation and witness.

Tuckey’s honors include a winter fellowship at Fine Arts Center in Provincetown and fellowships from Black Earth Institute, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, and Blue Mountain Center.  She holds an MA and MFA in creative writing, and has taught creative writing workshops in a wide variety of settings, including George Mason University, Manhattanville University, DC Writers Corps, Downtown Writers Center in Syracuse, and the Community School of Arts and Music, and the Tompkins County jail. 

Read more at her website,

By check: E-mail to with your name and e-mail. 
Online: Register/Pay here (you don't need a paypal account. Click on "pay via debit or credit card." and make sure your correct e-mail is entered)