Archetypes in Poetry

A generative 6-week workshop with Wayne Lee

Wednesdays, Apr. 21-May 26, 2-4 p.m. MDT

Carl Jung said that archetypes are part of humanity’s collective unconscious and the shared memory of our common experiences. As a literary device, archetypes such as lover, warrior and magician can help us create characters and images that explore birth, love, magic, death and other universal themes.


In this 6-week workshop, we will look at how archetypes have shown up in others’ poetry and we will use prompts and free-writes to create our own new poems. Registration includes a digital chapbook of work created during the workshop and a followup online group reading.


April 21: Lover

April 28: Warrior

May 5: Jester

May 12: Wanderer

May 19: Magician

May 26: Sovereign


$140 (or $125 before April 16)

Pay by check or online via PayPal

You will be sent a secure link to a Zoom session


Reserve your place--participation limited to 10 people

About Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee (wayneleepoet.com) lives in Santa Fe, NM. He has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Western Washington University, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference and elsewhere. His poems have appeared in Tupelo Press, Pontoon, The New Mexico Poetry Review, Slipstream and many other journals and anthologies. Wayne was awarded the 2012 Fischer Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and three Best of the Net Awards. His collection The Underside of Light was a finalist for the 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Poetry Book Awards.


“Wayne Lee is a most engaging teacher of poetry who uses a very organized sequence of discussion, exercises, readings and generating creativity among the participants. I hope I will have an opportunity to take another series of workshops with Wayne.”

--Georgia Jones-Davis, author of Blue Poodle and Night School


“Thank you for a beautiful workshop, for your valuable help, your teaching and critiquing. I would recommend it to anyone.”

--Jane Lipman, winner, 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Poetry Book Award


“I continue to get rave reviews about your class. Thanks for teaching here.”

--Jordan Hartt, Program Manager, Port Townsend Writers’ Conference


“There was so much I liked about the workshop: the theme, the process (guided meditation, free write, composing), meeting new people, and the excellent structure of the sessions.”

--Ann Weisman,, author of Open Air and Playing the Messages Twice


“I enjoyed the workshop very much. I'll think about poems in a new way.”

--Elizabeth Raby, winner, 2010 Elmer Kelton Award for poetry