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Poetry Workshop

Where do poems come from? Join us as we explore how contemporary poets have taken everyday experience and timeless themes (myth, loss, the world of nature) and shaped them into poems that speak to their readers. We’ll talk about strategies for revision, the secret weapon of any successful poet. Our class will have a dual focus on both reading and writing poetry, using as example and inspiration poems by the leading poets writing today. There will be writing assignments every week, with opportunities to share your work with the class. Limited to 12 students.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of craft (rhythm, rhyme scheme, sound effects, imagery) in poems by established poets, a skill that will enhance your own writing
  • Recognize possibilities for poetry in everyday experience and observation, as well as in their own memories and imagination
  • Approach revision more systematically

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**DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING RECOMMENDATIONS, THIS COURSE WILL MEET ONLINE**

Poetry Workshop: Where Do Poems Come From?

Join us as we explore how contemporary poets have shaped everyday experiences and timeless themes into finished poems. There will be assigned reading in the textbook, along with writing prompts and in-class discussions of each student’s work.
Limited to 12.