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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 Kutsal K B

Nov 7, 2018

Exremely inspiring, informative and encouraging. Pace is just right too. Thank you so much.

By Hannah D

Apr 5, 2021

This one was an excellent course. The Professor was very lively and entertaining as well.

By SoLynnish

Feb 23, 2019

Wonderful workshop. Very well presented and jump charged my writing. Thank you Cal Arts.

By Omar A

Feb 1, 2016

An amazing course. The way of teaching is wonderful. Enjoying each moment of this course.

By Luis G A

Jul 21, 2021

I love how it honed my skills through lectures and peer reviewed assignments. Thank you!

By fenanda a

Jun 30, 2021

The way Prof. Doug teach was so fun. The module are concise, it made me me learn faster.

By Diana G

Feb 10, 2021

Great course, Amazing assessors, lovely subjects. If you are into Poetry this is a must!

By Birgit P

Jun 5, 2020

Loved Douglas Kearney's presentation! A lot of info packed into easily digestible bites.

By Earnest O

Feb 17, 2020

This is a great course. I was able to learn a lot from the tutor and also from my peers.

By Dave J

Feb 10, 2018

Good exercises, fun presentation. Peer feedback was somewhat helpful though not amazing.

By Pat G

Oct 21, 2020

A great start to learning to write poetry, with peer reviews to help you along the way.

By Chrissy M

Jun 20, 2020

Excellent course! I enjoyed the diverse collection of poetry and the fantastic videos.

By Shobha N P

Jan 3, 2021

Instructor was engaging and the course was designed for all to participate and learn

By Yolanda C

Oct 11, 2020

Thank you for the opportunity to learn from a wonderful poet like Douglas Kearney.

By scott s

Sep 20, 2016

Great videos, pithy and educational. Ability to fully participate without paying!

By George J

Feb 22, 2017

Interested in poetry. This will fall in love with the art of writing poetry! 100%

By Caz

Sep 21, 2021

D​K's explanations and presentations were all top notch as was video production.

By Kok L Y

Feb 15, 2021

Enjoyed this course thoroughly. Liked the presentation style of the instructor.

By Carl P

May 10, 2016

I didn't know how to write good poems. This course has taught me how. Thank you.

By Cecile B

Jan 10, 2018

Best free online course I've ever followed. Actually wrote some good new stuff!

By Atena

Jul 1, 2019

Great tutors and folks in the course. I improved my skills in poetry writing.

By Carreen P

Jan 10, 2018

The course was very interestingly taught and extremely informative and useful

By Dolores

Jun 14, 2016

I enjoy the course it is a self paced and with no consequence if no sign-ins.

By Alexandria S

Oct 20, 2015

I thought it was excellent, as have been all the CalArts classes I've taken.

By Michelle S

Nov 18, 2016

Loved the knoedge and passion if the lectuerer and the student interaction.