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Forget the visa, the backpack, and the Berlitz, and travel those rocky internal terrains at Study Abroad on the Bowery (212-334-6414, boweryartsandscience.org), from February 6 to April 3. Being a poet doesn't mean being out of it: This series of workshops and seminars "umbilically links poetry to the world" and creates a world safe for poetry. With a cultural activism component and visiting writers like Anne Waldman and Paul Auster, it's a good reason to poke your nose halfway out of that book.

Are all your friends trying to publish that first novel or memoir, and you've been feeling a little bit left out? With a little help from the Gotham Writers' Workshop (212-WRITERS, writingclasses.com), you can be an aspiring New York City neo-bohemian writer too! You can choose from an array of 10-week-long courses, including fiction writing, poetry writing, and playwriting, all starting January 16.

It's easy to sit in the stands at a baseball game with a couple of chums and a handful of peanuts and raucously taunt the players with a bit of the old "sa-wing, battabattabatta!" On the other hand, capturing the game on paper—now that takes a little something extra. If sports is your thing, consider a five-session "Sports Writing" course in the Writing and Speech department of NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (212-988-7200, scps.nyu.edu). Juliet Linderman

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