Martha’s workshops are very generative. She works with participants on poems that they have submitted for the workshop, giving ample time to each person’s work. She encourages positive comments and suggestions for each poem. I particularly like the way she asks her pupils to play with their own work. For example, she will suggest taking the end of a poem and making it the beginning, or changing a poem in couplets to one long stanza. She asks the writer to edit carefully and to crop words and lines that are extraneous. Each of her workshops also provides a prompt to write from in class; these are often the seeds of poems to work on for the next class or after the Frost Place Conference.
Martha provides a comfortable and stimulating atmosphere. Her expertise as poet, teacher, editor, and publisher inform and enrich her workshops.