Academics at The People's Colloquium focuses on philosophy, with secondary focuses on the history of ideas and the humanities. Formats include discussions, where a short reading introduces a discussion question for participants to explore under the guidance of a discussion facilitator; lectures, where a lecturer presents a structured introduction to a topic, usually an idea, period in intellectual history, a school of thought, or similar; seminars, where a written text is carefully read and analyzed over the course of successive meetings; and open mics, with a focus on philosophy and ideas. Additionally, The People's Colloquium partners with local groups and organizations dedicated to similar studies.
The writer's workshop at The People's Colloquium is open to all skill levels, educational backgrounds, and creative intentions, with focuses on both poetry and prose. Offerings include writer's and poet's critique groups, where writers and poets submit their writing for peer review; classes, with a particular focus on writer's and poet's craft and publishing; discussions, where writers and poets gather to discuss craft and exemplary pieces of writing; and open mics, with a focus on prose and poetry. Additionally, there are featured readers on a regular basis, editors available free to participants, and regular workshop anthologies to submit writing to for collaborative publication.