Poetry Series for the Weekend Student
In this biweekly course, we will explore some of the major themes in poetry to set the stage for you to write original and well-crafted poems that engage the senses, emotions and intellect.
For each class, there will be a discussion of published poems, an examination of various poetic techniques and forms (including the use of voice, rhythm, figurative language, symbolism, line and stanza breaks, repetition and other structural devices), as well as short in-class writing exercises. Half of each class will be devoted to workshopping.
WORKSHOPS: Depending on the class size, the students may be divided into two groups for the afternoon workshopping. In this case, the afternoon session may be extended by 30 minutes and the groups will workshop bi-sessionally (every other session), meaning each group will workshop three times each.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Students who register at least one week prior to the course start date will have the opportunity to have their poetry workshopped in the first session. Please note: if there is a large class, students may have to wait until the second session to receive feedback on their work.
Duration: 6 Saturdays
- Sat, Sep 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
- Sat, Sep 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
- Sat, Oct 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
- Sat, Oct 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
- Sat, Nov 18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
- Sat, Dec 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
What you will learn
During the course, we will discuss various poetic devices, techniques, forms and strategies, as well as how to send your work out for publication and how to give an effective public reading.
The class may cover some of the following themes:
- war and peace
- ends and beginnings
- growing up
- love and loss
- birds and beasts
- the natural world
How you will learn and be evaluated
- Class discussions
- In-class exercises
You will receive in-class feedback from the instructors and your classmates.
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
Braid, K. & Shreve, S. In Fine Form: A Contemporary Look at Canadian Form Poetry. Caitlin Press. ISBN-10: 1927575486, ISBN-13: 978-1987915020.
Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994. ISBN: 9780156724005.