ClassIntroduction to Poetry
You are a poet, even if you're just beginning! Learn to write poems in a non-intimidating environment with fellow beginners. We’ll cover important aspects of poetic craft, including form, line, voice, and imagery, while studying work that epitomizes well-crafted work. We’ll read and write in class, discuss what makes an effective, memorable poem, and go home with an increased sense of ideal occasions for writing, as well as prompts and exercises to continue our work.
Because this is a beginning class, student work will not be workshopped in depth, but time can be made for sharing and discussing work, if desired. By the end of class, students will have increased their skills in writing poetry and have an understanding of how to approach a blank page with confidence.
For this class, please obtain a copy of The Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver and The Best American Poetry, 2018, the latter of which should be read by the first class meeting.
Class will take place in a live meeting online, via Zoom and Google Classroom, including ample time for “in-class” writing exercises and writing assignments to do between sessions.