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30 emails.

Hundreds of ways to kick-start your writing.

Southeast Review’s Writer’s Regimen is for poets, essayists, and fiction writers who want to produce a body of work by introducing structure to their writing life and, at the same time, find new and innovative ways to approach their craft. Rather than spending hours searching for craft advice and writing prompts on your own, find all the inspiration you need in one place.


JUNE 1 - JUNE 30, 2024

Your one-stop source for writing inspiration






Kevin Prufer is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Fears (Copper Canyon Press, 2023), and a novel, Sleepaway (Acre Books, 2023). He directs The Unsung Masters Series, a book series devoted to brining great but forgotten writers to new generations of readers.


Sarah Ghazal Ali is the author of THEOPHANIES (Alice James Books, 2024). A Djanikian Scholar and winner of The Sewanee Review Poetry Prize, her poems appear in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poem-a-Day, Guernica, and elsewhere. A former Stadler Fellow, Sarah is the poetry editor for West Branch and lives in the Bay Area, California.

   “I gleaned mind-blowing inspiration from these exercises, coming up with voices and situations I wouldn’t have thought myself capable of.”

—Past Participant

     "I NEVER would do that in my own writing, but it activated such a different part of my psyche that I only can applaud you all for its inception! It truly was a journey of looking at yourself, which was so much harder and surprising for me."

—Past Participant

    "Your regimen was such a great experience. As challenging as it was, it helped me generate a tremendous amount of work and recharge my creativity. I really appreciate how your program supports the life of a writer."

                           —Past Participant

   “I loved the variety of prompts that make you focus on your writing from different angles.”

           Past Participant

When you sign up for the Writer’s Regimen,

you will receive the following:

  • Daily writing prompts, applicable for any genre, emailed directly to you for 30 days! Use these to write a poem a day for 30 days, to create 30 short-short stories, or to give flesh to stories, personal essays, novels, & memoirs.

  • Exclusive, original craft essays from Kevin Prufer (poetry), C.T. Salazar (poetry), Emma Hudleson (nonfiction), and Melissa Ostrom (fiction)!

  • Exclusive author readings by Sarah Ghazal Ali, Mansi Dahal, Imani Davis, Genevieve Abravanel, and Iqra Khan

  • A Regimen-only contest ($50 prize) and potential publication in Southeast ReviewCheck out the 2023 contest-winning poem "On Word Choice" by Patrick Wilcox.  

  • Inspirational quotes from famous writers, riff words, links to craft podcasts & essays we’ve curated as highly useful.

  • And more!

$15 registration

. . . and introducing . . .

Workshops with Friends of Southeast Review

6 weeks, on Zoom

$300 including full Writer's Regimen

Scholarships available—more details below!

A Fiction Workshop
with Shannon Sanders
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm EST 
| Starting June 11th

In this six-week fiction workshop, we'll dive deeply into our own work and others'. Each participant will workshop a short story or novel excerpt (max. 25 pages), with discussions focusing on elements of fiction such as story structure, character development, exposition, and dialogue. We'll zoom in on practical revision ideas that help students to meet their individual writing goals, including submitting for publication. We'll also engage in craft exercises such as close readings of published short fiction. We'll meet on Zoom from 7-9 PM ET each Tuesday night between June 11 and July 16. Come prepared to be thoughtful, kind, and open-minded!

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Shannon Sanders is the author of the linked short story collection Company (Graywolf 2023), which is a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prizes Art Seidenbaum First Fiction Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Southeast Review, One Story, Sewanee Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, and has received a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

The Mask You Wear & the Mask You Become

with Anthony Thomas Lombardi 
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
 EST | Starting June 11th

While confessional poetry has trained us to read the voices of poems as the voices of the poets that wrote them, the reality is often much more varied and complex. When our subconsciouses begin to steer the ship, they tap different sides of our psyches and identities—both the ones we craft and the ones we bury—to navigate the fog sprawled before us. The whole is always more than the sum of its parts. The same way poets and their tools evolve, so do the slippery and evasive sirens singing our ships to wreck. Enter the persona poem.


Contrary to what this term may suggest, the persona poem is where the poet removes one mask to become another. They emerge of necessity when, paradoxically, we need to remove ourselves from a poem, a character, a voice, to fully see our reflection through the eyes of who we are most arrested by, disarmed by, tortured by. As Jane Hirschfield notes, “This is one paradox of originality: the willingness to become transparent, to offer oneself to the Other, whether in the world of things or of art, leads toward rather than away from individuality of expression.”


We will follow this concept wherever it may take us—to its eventual conclusion, a rock covered in splintered wood, or stranded on a new patch of sand—through the eyes of the Other. Together we will read and discuss works by Hirshfield, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sara Borjas, Louise Glück, James Tate, Randall Jarrell, Margaret Atwood, John Darnille, Patricia Smith, Kazim Ali, Jamila Woods, Lucille Clifton, Jeanann Verlee, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, and more or maybe less—depending on where our energy takes us, we’ll follow.


Anthony Thomas Lombardi is the author of Murmurations (YesYes Books 2025), a Poetry Project 2021-2022 Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow, and a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, among other accolades. He has taught or continues to teach with Borough of Manhattan Community College, Paris College of Art, Brooklyn Poets, Polyphony Lit’s apprenticeship programming, community programming throughout New York City, and currently serves as a poetry editor for Sundog Lit. His work has appeared or will soon in Best New Poets, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Nashville Review, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Dilla.

Your registration for a workshop includes the full 30-day Writer's Regimen, as long as you sign up by May 31. Enrollments will be limited to ensure an intimate workshop experience. When a workshop is entirely sold out, we will make a note here, so reserve your spot today!

It is not possible to switch into a different workshop after registering for one. Writer's Regimen and workshop registrations are nonrefundable.

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