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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


Nov 02, 2015

I have learned so much and I love D's energy and the avid participation of the other students. Will definitely pass on what I've learned. Can't wait for more courses like this in the future! :)


Aug 22, 2016

Wonderful, learning about writing poetry here is IT! I will always use this to go forward and once in a while come back to freshen up. Thank you, there's nothing else out there like this class!

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By Satyajit G

Jan 16, 2017

A must course for budding poets!!!

By Chanelle W

Mar 15, 2016

This course is really FUNdamental.


Jul 19, 2018

Amazing. Best for learning poetry

By margarita c

Jun 26, 2018

Amazing!!! I am learning so much!


Jun 29, 2016

Amazing tips for perfect poetry.

By Josafat C

Apr 04, 2020

I really enjoyed the workshop.

By Mario G

Apr 18, 2016

Great ...Awesome...lots of fun

By Elianna M P

Jul 03, 2017

Very educational and hands on

By Casey Z

May 19, 2017

Absolutely LOVED this course!

By Yung C

Oct 20, 2015

This is a very good class.

By Clara R

Oct 01, 2018

Kind of magic and fun :D

By Baboucarr C

Oct 24, 2017

Thorough and interesting

By Ateefah S U R

Dec 19, 2016

A must for improving.

By mark m

Oct 26, 2015

brill and lost of fun

By C. E E

Oct 23, 2015

I have enjoyed this c


Sep 16, 2015

Excellent dynamics.

By Alexander G

Jun 06, 2018

Loved this course.

By Olga S

Feb 18, 2017

Juuuust fantastic!

By Jhon E G

Aug 26, 2015

Just great! Thx.

By Debanjon M

Feb 07, 2016

Simply Splendid!

By Gaurav K

Mar 04, 2019

A lot to learn.

By Momo N

Sep 10, 2015


By Myra F T

Sep 15, 2017

Great class!


Mar 08, 2016

Gran curso.

By George S

Nov 11, 2016