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Poetry in the

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APPLICATIONS for 2024 will open in Spring 2024.
for 2023


Poetry Conversations

Attendees will work one-on-one with award-winning poets.

Inspiring Nature Walks

Find inspiration on nature hikes and hone your poetry skills immersed in Missouri woods.

Workshop Reading Event

Particpants will share their poetry in a reading event held at the Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater.

Who Can Apply:

Applications are open to anyone (High School - Adult). Each individual is only allowed to submit one application. If accepted into the program, all participants MUST be able to attend both days of the workshop (because participation is limited to 40 individuals, each seat is extremely valuable). Participants are required to arrange travel to workshop locations.

Applicants from Outside the St. Louis Region:

Applications are open to anyone living anywhere in the world (up to 20). If accepted, participants will be responsible for travel and are required to attend both days of the workshop.



Information on 2024 Applications will become available in the coming months.


How To Apply:

Complete the application form below.

PITW Fellowships

Up to ten Poetry in the Woods Fellows will be offered and will include invitation to be featured in PITW events.

Application Window for 2024 will open in Spring of 2024! Subscribe for updates.

PITW 2024 Workshop Application.

Complete the application form below.


NOTE: Please review the form thoroughly before submitting. Applicants are limited to a single application and changes cannot be made once you hit the submit button.

Are you eligible for financial scholarship (St. Louis region residents only)? Reminder: to qualify for a financial scholarship, combined household income for previous year's tax filing should be less than $50,000. We ask that applicants only select if they meet the criteria. Up to 10 financial scholarships will be awarded.

Are you an active high-school or part-time/full-time students enrolled in college, university or trade school?

If accepted, I agree to attend both days of workshop on 10/5/2024 and 10/6/2024.

If accepted, I agree to attend the participant reading event held at the Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater on Sunday, 10/6/2023 from 6-8PM (each participant can invite at 4 - 6 guests to join).

If accepted, I agree to arrange my own transportation to and from PITW.

Are you currently a member of any of our partner organizations (Wildlife Rescue Center, St. Louis Poetry Center, St. Louis County Library Foundation, or St. Louis Zoo)?*

Not a Member Yet?

If you're not yet a member, please consider becoming a member of one of our partner organizations (see members below). For example, a student membership at the St. Louis Poetry Center starts at just $15. Not only does your membership support the work these amazing local non-profits do all year round, but it could also save you $35 if you're accepted into the workshop!

Final Step: Attach a Poem:

Please upload a single poem as a .pdf file (Word Docs also accepted) as part of your application (single spaced, Calibri or other standard font). The poem can be previously published or unpublished (poem is only for the purposes of the application and will not be published or made publicly available). We have no preference for style, subject matter, or form. We are excited to read your work!

Before you submit:

Please review your completed application before hitting the submit button. Once you've submitted this form, changes cannot be made. Only one submission per person is permitted per application cycle. A confirmation email will be sent to your email address shortly (may take a few minutes) after submission. Additional submissions will not be considered.

We ask that you do not inquire about the status of your submission. If changes occur between the time of submission and PITW team decision (e.g., membership status), you will be able to make those changes after a decision email is received.

Still have questions?

Please visit the FAQ section on the PITW Workshop Information Page.

Upload File

Thanks for submitting! Your application will be reviewed by PITW program team and someone will be in touch.

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