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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 23, 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 12, 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 Ebba J

Feb 13, 2017

A very enjoyable course - poem writing and revision techniques included.

By Sarmistha R

Mar 29, 2016

Superb course! Douglas Kearney is the coolest of them all instructors :)

By Rachel F

Dec 15, 2017

the instructor is great! knowledgable, to the point, and entertaining!

By Nupur M

Sep 29, 2015

Good delivery and enough technicals to keep interested poets learning!

By Reeba P

Sep 19, 2020

It's a course where you can enhance your poetry skills more. Enjoy :)

By Karen S

Feb 19, 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!


May 19, 2020

Really enjoyable and interesting ways of learning poetry writing.

By saismriti g

May 09, 2020

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

By Kalah H

Jan 11, 2018

Great introductory material and plenty of fun writing exercises!

By Ashlee R P

Sep 01, 2016

Lovable instructor! Very informative! One of my favorite courses

By Chew W Y

Jun 22, 2016

Excellent course with imaginative material and useful knowledge.

By Jason S

Nov 27, 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 Heather P

Mar 13, 2017

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

By Winnie L

Jan 18, 2018

Doug makes a somewhat boring topic very lively and enjoyable

By Jack A

Sep 06, 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 01, 2020

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

By Waby

Feb 06, 2016

A great course. Not only informative but introspective.