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DMPW at a glance

Below is an overview of our schedule of events. We welcome all kinds of poets to our workshop, and we hope to see you there!

NOTE: We will be taking January 2024 off to give our members time to recoup after the holidays and get back into their routines.We will be back to our normal schedule in February!

Schedule

First Tuesdays

Smokey Row Coffee (DSM)

Open to all poets

Writing Night | This is a casual night for you to dedicate writing time in a space with other writers. We will also have some writing prompts at each writing night in case you want to play with new poem ideas!

Third Saturdays

Smokey Row Coffee (DSM)

Open to all poets

Critique Group | This is our monthly critique group/workshop. Members bring a maximum of 2 pages of poetry to share with the group. We ask members to come with the openness to give, receive, and discuss writing feedback with the group. See full critique group rules here.

Every Thursday

Smokey Row Coffee (DSM)

Currently full; Closed to new members

Manuscript Cohort | This is a weekly accountability group for poets working on a manuscript. The group alternates between writing nights and critique group nights. 

Upcoming Events

  • Monthly Writing Night
    Monthly Writing Night
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jun 11
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Jun 11, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us for a monthly writing night! Bring some writing to work on or come prepared to write to a generative prompt. We'll hang out and write together!
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  • Monthly Critique Group
    Monthly Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 22
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Jun 22, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
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  • Monthly Writing Night
    Monthly Writing Night
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jul 09
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Jul 09, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us for a monthly writing night! Bring some writing to work on or come prepared to write to a generative prompt. We'll hang out and write together!
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  • Monthly Critique Group
    Monthly Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jul 20
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Jul 20, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
    Share
  • Monthly Writing Night
    Monthly Writing Night
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Aug 06
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Aug 06, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us for a monthly writing night! Bring some writing to work on or come prepared to write to a generative prompt. We'll hang out and write together!
    Share
  • Monthly Critique Group
    Monthly Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Aug 24
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Aug 24, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
    Share
  • Monthly Critique Group
    Monthly Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, May 11
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    May 11, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines on the third Saturday of the month for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
    Share
  • Monthly Writing Night
    Monthly Writing Night
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, May 07
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    May 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us for a monthly writing night! Bring some writing to work on or come prepared to write to a generative prompt. We'll hang out and write together!
    Share
  • Monthly Critique Group
    Monthly Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Apr 13
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Apr 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines on the third Saturday of the month for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
    Share
  • Poetry Takeover at Des Moines Art Center
    Poetry Takeover at Des Moines Art Center
    Thu, Apr 11
    Des Moines Art Center
    Apr 11, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312, USA
    Join the Iowa Poetry Association, Poetry Palooza, SAY Poetry, and the Des Moines Poetry Workshop in this interactive and collaborative celebration for National Poetry Month!
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  • Monthly Writing Night
    Monthly Writing Night
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Apr 02
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Apr 02, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us for a monthly writing night! Bring some writing to work on or come prepared to write to a generative prompt. We'll hang out and write together!
    Share
  • Monthly Critique Group
    Monthly Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Mar 16
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Mar 16, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines on the third Saturday of the month for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
    Share
  • Monthly Writing Night
    Monthly Writing Night
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Mar 05
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Mar 05, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us for a monthly writing night! Bring some writing to work on or come prepared to write to a generative prompt. We'll hang out and write together!
    Share
  • Monthly Critique Group
    Monthly Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Feb 17
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Feb 17, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines on the third Saturday of the month for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
    Share
  • Monthly Writing Night
    Monthly Writing Night
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Feb 06
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines)
    Feb 06, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Smokey Row Coffee (Des Moines), 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us for a monthly writing night! Bring some writing to work on or come prepared to write to a generative prompt. We'll hang out and write together!
    Share
  • Monthly Poetry Critique Group
    Monthly Poetry Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Dec 09
    Smokey Row - Des Moines
    Dec 09, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
    Smokey Row - Des Moines, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines on the third Saturday of the month for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
    Share
  • Monthly Writing Night
    Monthly Writing Night
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Dec 05
    Smokey Row - Des Moines
    Dec 05, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Smokey Row - Des Moines, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us for a monthly writing night! Bring some writing to work on or come prepared to write to a generative prompt. We'll hang out and write together!
    Share
  • Monthly Poetry Critique Group
    Monthly Poetry Critique Group
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Nov 18
    Smokey Row - Des Moines
    Nov 18, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
    Smokey Row - Des Moines, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA
    Join us at Smokey Row - Des Moines on the third Saturday of the month for our monthly critique group/workshop! Bring max of 2 pages of poetry, an eye for critiques, and an open mind.
    Share
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