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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 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.

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.

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By Karen S

Feb 18, 2020

Fun and outstanding instructor!

Opened up a new world of poetry to me.

By Jason M B P

May 31, 2019

Excellent course and excellent instructor. Amazing community as well.

By Arnis S

Feb 10, 2018

This course is essential for any poets! and Doug is a superb teacher!

By Madeline H

May 19, 2020

A super engaging course. The professor made it current and exciting.

By Robert B

Apr 14, 2016

The instructor engages the audience very well by his sense of humor.

By Nicola S

Oct 12, 2015

I really enjoyed the course and would even consider taking it again!

By Debashankar P P

Aug 24, 2021

Excellent course of poetry for everyone who wanna learn about it.


May 19, 2020

Really enjoyable and interesting ways of learning poetry writing.

By Kalah H

Dec 26, 2020

Great introductory material and plenty of fun writing exercises!

By saismriti g

May 9, 2020

it was a very useful course, helped me get my foundations right.

By AshLee R P

Sep 1, 2016

Lovable instructor! Very informative! One of my favorite courses

By Chew W Y

Jun 21, 2016

Excellent course with imaginative material and useful knowledge.

By Kutadi S S

Apr 26, 2021

It's an excellent course for anyone who wants to learn Poetry.

By Jason S

Nov 26, 2018

Engaging on a new level. I like the workshop format on a MOOC.

By HongDing Z

Jul 18, 2018

The revision and the poem analysis by Doug was truly enjoyable

By Rasha S

Aug 27, 2015

Very informative and at the same time entertaining. Thank you.

By Donna R

Oct 5, 2020

This was great information. I enjoyed the course a whole lot.

By Heather P

Mar 13, 2017

Fun, fresh and full of really great instruction and examples.

By Winnie L

Jan 17, 2018

Doug makes a somewhat boring topic very lively and enjoyable

By Jack A

Sep 5, 2015

This was a great introduction the English poetry. Thank you.

By sneha k

Jul 23, 2020

this course really helped me write and appreciate poetry

By Mark D

Jul 1, 2020

Great instruction on how to get the most of your poetry.

By Waby

Feb 6, 2016

A great course. Not only informative but introspective.

By Ester

Sep 30, 2015

thank you Dough for sharpening and making change sight!

By Vabis E D

Sep 26, 2015

One of the most enjoyable Course.

Brilliantly engaging.