30 Poems in 30 Days

with Ollie Schminkey

30 poems in 30 days

April 1, 2024
4 Weeks


April is the coolest month.

Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing 30 poems in 30 days, in this low-pressure, generative workshop designed to beat writer’s block, kick you out of ruts, and, most importantly, just get your words onto the page!

Each day we’ll flex our creative muscles with a unique writing prompt; we’ll begin simply, but the prompts will become more complex as we go on. The course is designed to gently push you into new creative territory– you’ll try out new forms, read and watch work from some amazing poets, and engage with a myriad of ways to find inspiration. You can share each day’s work with your classmates via the Wet.Ink course platform, or engage privately with just the instructor via email—whatever works best to get you writing and keep you inspired!

You’re encouraged to interact with your classmates throughout the month by providing positive insights and feedback on shared poems; however, no extensive editing is required. You will also receive supportive feedback weekly from the instructor, and near the end of the course, you’ll have the option to receive one in-depth critique on a poem of your choice.

By the end of the month, you’ll have a treasure trove of works-in-progress to keep tinkering with. On the final day, we’ll talk about the power of revision and where you can take your poems once class ends.

Ollie aims for all of their classes to be actively non-competitive, non-judgemental, pro-diversity, anti-racist, pro-LGBTQ, and extremely fun! You can expect a collaborative environment, a flexible approach to poetry, and lots of reminders that it’s ok to write a “bad” first draft.

Beginners are welcomed and encouraged! Experienced folks are welcomed and encouraged! Everyone is welcomed and encouraged!

Note: Poems in this workshop will cover a wide variety of themes, some of which contain mature content and may be activating for some participants.

Also note: the prompts in this session will be completely different than last year’s prompts! 

Learning and Writing Goals

During our 30 days together, you’ll learn:

  • To find inspiration in your daily life and the world around you.
  • How reading the work of other poets can inform your own writing practice.
  • To push yourself to write through your writing blocks and fears.

By the end of the course, you’ll have:

  • A new awareness of the variety of poetic forms, voices and techniques available to you.
  • A portfolio of newly-generated poems on a variety of topics and themes.
  • A cohort of new poet-peers to stay connected with.
  • One personalized, constructive critique from your instructor.
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Student Feedback for Ollie Schminkey:

Ollie was very encouraging and supportive; they not only knew their stuff, but shared feedback in a non-critical manner. This course provided an intimate and challenging opportunity for me to learn about various poetry forms/styles, as well as the experience of writing and sharing unedited, first-draft poems based on prompts provided by the instructor. It forced me to work outside my comfort zone, and that was a benefit in and of itself, outside of the class material. Arnold Doyle

Ollie is an excellent teacher, very lively, encouraging, and gives excellent suggestions and comments. Hongying Liu

One of my favorite courses so far. I love the short assignments daily, the positive feedback from the other participants, and the positive/helpful critique from the instructor. The prompts were always challenging and fun. Nichole Gavel

The content was really well done and thoroughly prepared. I definitely learned a lot and appreciated the teachers feedback. Ollie was great. I would take another course with them and plan to. Sarah Mark

Ollie was a wonderful teacher. I think it was through their feedback that I gained the best understanding of how working in this kind of format can truly revolutionize your writing. Nancy LaChance

“Ollie’s class was like a warm virtual hug every week. They fostered a truly lovely community of poets turned friends, and they were always so kind, present, thoughtful, and fun. I wholeheartedly endorse this class and will sign up for anything Ollie teaches in the future!”

“It is very welcoming and Ollie acts like part of the group, not a top down structure. The prompts are great and not things I would have thought of on my own.”

“This class will be a catalyst for re-visioning and creating poems for a chapbook. Even if you know a lot about poetry, you will learn something new. Ollie was an amazing instructor!”

“It’s an opportunity to congregate with an amazing & very charismatic poet and a group of like-minded people to talk about poetry and learn about other poets, to write a fun weekly prompt, and to learn from and edit the poems of your colleagues. It’s a great time, lots of fun & laughter (some tears!), and it is a tonic to the soul.”

“A fun and effective workshop for writers of any experience.”

April 1, 2024
4 Weeks


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Ollie Schminkey is a non-binary transgender poet/musician/artist based in St. Paul, MN. They have professionally coached poetry for six years, and they facilitate, direct, and host many organizations.  The number of workshops they have facilitated over the past ten years totals over 500.  They have also represented the Twin Cities in numerous national poetry competitions, and they are the author of three chapbooks and their full-length poetry collection, Dead Dad Jokes (Button Poetry), which was shortlisted for both the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. They believe deeply in the power of sharing terrible first drafts, writing in community, and having fun while we grow.  If they had a motto, it would be “Don’t be afraid to be bad!” and they’ll remind you every chance they get.

For more, check out ollieschminkey.com.