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About the Course

Why just write poems when you can write better ones? This course is built on the notion that the most exciting writing begins after the first draft. It is specifically for folks who believe that writing poems just to express oneself is like using the Internet just for email. After all, poetry can change the way you and your readers think of the world and its inhabitants; it can break new ground for language; turn a blank sheet of paper into a teeming concert of voices and music. Though any of us may have the potential to make that happen, having an understanding of how several tools of poetic composition can be used (and audaciously “mis-used”) gives you more ways to try (and if we do this right, we might surprise ourselves most of all). We'll cover key poetic terms and devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets and then get a chance to try our own hand at writing new poem drafts from a select number of prompts. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to workshop your poem drafts and get feedback on your work, working towards a more polished poem....

Top reviews

Jun 11, 2020

Loved the course. Douglas Kearney is amazing as an instructor. I love poetry and this workshop has made me happy during the times of COVID 19. I thank CalArts for the encouragement and appreciation.

Jun 22, 2020

This was a superb workshop. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and learned a lot that came in my way. Grasping poetry devices taught in such an fun way was really awesome. The mentors were very supportive.

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By Rachita C

Aug 1, 2017

One of the best courses I've ever taken on poetry!

By Ronnie R L

Jul 9, 2021


By Hariharasudhan R

Apr 5, 2017

There can be more assignments. More original work

By Victoria H

Nov 23, 2015

a course definitely worth taking. I learned alot!

By Michele C

Apr 23, 2020

Brilliant Instructor, great videos and prompts!!

By Sonia C

Oct 7, 2015

Superb course. Well structured, I learned a lot.

By Kimberly C

Jun 12, 2020

This course was incredibly awesome! Thank you!!

By Jasmin Z

Nov 2, 2016

Fantastic, fun, educational, and indeed, sharp.

By Ruiying X

Mar 23, 2016

Nice course! Very funny and helpful professor!

By Valerie A

Jan 6, 2017

Greatly enjoyed the activities and professor!

By Sara P

Sep 10, 2015

Love poetry! Thank you for the inspiration.

By Tammy S

Feb 14, 2021

i really enjoyed the whole class thank you

By Ra-miel

Jul 14, 2021

It open my mind go deeper in my writing.

By Deni

Mar 11, 2021

Fantastic course. I highly recommend it.

By Abdul S I

Aug 24, 2021

V​ery Intresting and worth every second

By Marisa M

Nov 29, 2020

A fun way to learn and practice poetry!

By Bruce H

Jul 19, 2020

Very helpful insights to writing poetry

By Nuvaira

Apr 7, 2020

Excellent course, Fantastic Instructor.

By Jackie F

Mar 14, 2017

Fantastic! I want a 2.0 version Please!

By Jennifer W

May 30, 2020

Super animated and dynamic instructor!

By Sammer K

Mar 25, 2020

My poetry is on a whole new level now!

By Geiber E P C

Apr 22, 2019

Very nice, very nice. Doug is great!

By Ammar M H

Oct 30, 2017

Very concrete, focused and applicable.

By Sarah S

Dec 1, 2017

Great no-cost online poetry workshop.

By Jill B

Jun 12, 2016

Wrote a poem

I like.

That's something.