Shakespeare's Sisters is a free ten-week seminar celebrating five centuries of poetry by women. It is offered to selected students in grades 10–12, and meets on Wednesdays from 4–6pm from January through March.
Participants in this seminar will read and discuss selected poems by British and American women poets from the mid-sixteenth century to the present—and, for comparison, some poems written about women by men. Students will also learn to write poetry of their own (no prior experience in writing poetry is necessary).
All students in grades 10–12 in the DC metropolitan area are eligible for the program. Students with an interest in creative writing or gender studies are particularly encouraged to apply. This program is offered free of charge.
The Folger Shakespeare Library prioritizes diversity; students should be genuinely interested in working with people from a wide variety of educational and cultural backgrounds in an atmosphere of mutual respect. There is no cost for the program, and all books and materials are provided free of charge. Participants will also be invited to a variety of poetry readings at the Folger Shakespeare Library during the seminar.
Teri Cross Davis, poetry and lectures coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library and Kim Roberts, poet and editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, lead the seminar.
Applications are now available for the 2018/19 seminar! To apply, please download this student application and this teacher recommendation form and submit to the address below by December 7, 2018. For a flyer with details and dates, please see the 2019 Shakespeare Sisters flyer. For any questions, please contact Teri Cross Davis at (202) 675-0374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare’s Sisters Seminar
Poetry & Lectures Program
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St, SE,
Washington, DC 20003