4 FREE online poetry classes/workshops Feb – April, 2016

classesPoetry month is right around the corner and if you are looking to learn something new, sharpen your poetry skills, learn how to read and understand poetry, further your exposure to a variety of poets, or workshop with your peers, there are many options available!

Most of these classes are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) typically free online courses from universities.

Innovative Cascadia Poetry

Cascadia College

Started Jan 25, 2016

This one already started, so enroll ASAP (not sure when enrollment will close)

Description: “This interdisciplinary course delves into the geography and poetry of the Cascadia bioregion, exploring the area's physical landscape, its cultural roots, and the innovative poetry produced there. As a participant, you'll engage in weekly readings of poems and essays, audio interviews, video presentations, and weekly online discussions guided by key questions and moderated by the instructor. The course will include two live panel presentations (one during the first and last weeks of the course) held at Cascadia College and streamed to and archived for course participants.”

Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop

California Institute of the Arts

Starts February 1

This one just started, so enroll ASAP (not sure when enrollment will close)

Description: “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.”

ARPO222x: The Art of Poetry

Boston University

Starts March 29, 2016

Description: “Poetry lives in any reader, not necessarily in performance by the poet or a trained actor. The pleasure of actually saying a poem, or even saying it in your imagination--your mind's ear--is essential. That is a central idea of "The Art of Poetry," well demonstrated by the videos at favoritepoem.org: the photographer saying Sylvia Plath's "Nick and the Candlestick," the high school student saying Langston Hughes' "Minstrel Man." Those readers base what they say about each poem upon their experience of saying it.”

Poetry in America: Modernism

Harvard University

Starts April 6, 2016

Description: “. . . explores a diverse array of American Modernist poets and poems.  While "Modernism" is notoriously difficult to define, the movement spanned the decades from the 1910s to the mid-1940s, and the poetry of this period marked a clear break from past traditions and past forms.”

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  1. I enrolled with Coursera and so far love it. Fits my needs perfectly. The coursework is nicely structured, very easy to follow, and the moderator is both encouraging and enthusiastic. There are several courses offered, and you can select whichever one suits your personal goals/needs. The objectives of each course are laid out nicely. I just started it so I’ve only taken two of the quizzes and have started on the first assignments following the prompts given. I have not yet gotten to the point that involves peer review, but the instructor has emphasized that students critique poems in a positive, constructive way and focus on the poem, not the writer. I’ve been away from academic writing for a while, so it’s useful to take a course designed to explain types of poetry. In addition, the instructor offers creative and fun ways to turn, as they say, “a good poem into a better poem.” Thank you, Trish, for suggesting this excellent FREE site. I truly appreciate this!!!!!! Back to writing….

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