We write poetry when we are in love. We write poetry when we are heartbroken. We write poetry when we want to send a message. And, sometimes, we write poetry just for ourselves.
Whatever your (or your child’s) reason for being interested in poetry, we invite you to participate in our specialized, interactive 8-week poetry course at the Spaulding School of Literature! Whether you have a child bursting with untapped creativity, or are a teen looking for a writing outlet, we welcome you. This will not be your typical English class – we will not be simply analyzing and replicating the styles of the masters, but rather learning necessary techniques as we develop our own work in our own voices. The emphasis will be on producing our own poems while learning about what can make creative writing truly successful for both the reader and the writer. The last three classes will be workshop-style, modelled after what you would typically find in a university or even professional environment! It will be very low pressure and fun-focused, but also a great educational experience for all!
Poetry course 8 weeks of one-hour weekly classes
Introductory class – what makes a poem?
How to decide what to write about
How reading poetry helps you write poetry
Using poetic devices and technique to evoke feeling
Metre, rhythm, and rhyme – the music of poetry
Playing with genre – verse and free-verse
Writing for different audiences – children’s poems, political poems, love poems etc.
What kind of poet will you be?
Week six through eight:
The world becomes our stage and we adapt to your specific needs wants and desires.