Online Poetry Writing Courses

Explore and grow as a poetry writer in our online poetry courses. Collaborate with other serious poets, and enjoy direct interaction with and feedback from our award-winning instructors.

We’re here to support you through all stages of your poetry writing journey, from deepening in craft elements to exploring genre and form to developing and honing your collection.

Our instructors are both published poets and experienced educators, and they're dedicated to supporting you—whatever your personal goals, level of experience, or approach to poetry.

Our online poetry classes are filling fast, so reserve your spot today.

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Upcoming Online Poetry Writing Courses

October Courses

Writing Circles & Exercises to Spark New Poems (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

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October 5|6 week|$360

Looking for inspiration? Write, vent, laugh, and honor your writing practice in these generative writing circle workshops.

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You Yourself Are the Beloved: Writing with South Asian Ghazals

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October 8|Single-Day Webinar|$129

The ghazal poem has a rich history with a tricky form to master. Learn the ropes in this inspiring and electrifying workshop.

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The Foundations of Poetry

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October 12|8 weeks|$395

Discover the elements of poetic mastery: structure and form, sound and tone, image and metaphor, character and voice, and much more.

Using Your Poetry Skills to Write Memoir

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October 13|Single-Day Webinar|$89

How do poets tell their stories in prose? Take the leap from poetry to memoir in this hybrid writing workshop.

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Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind

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October 26|4 Weeks|$250

A four-week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.

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The Healing Power of Poetry

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October 26|4 Weeks|$250

Poetry heals. Journey alongside several poets whose works resonate with a variety of healing themes, and learn how to use craft elements as healing tools.

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November Courses

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Turning Everyday Experiences into Poetry

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November 2|4 Weeks|$250

No experience is too small or mundane to serve as a foundation for extraordinary poetry and short fiction.

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The Joy of Poetry: A Beginner-Friendly Workshop

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November 2|4 Weeks|$250

Have you wanted to get into poetry, but don't know where to start? Learn the craft from the Joy of poetry herself in this welcoming workshop.

Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

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November 9|10 Weeks|$460

Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.

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How to Craft a Poem

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November 9|6 Weeks|$330

A poem has many moving parts, from sound and rhythm to form, voice, and figurative language. Weave these elements into richer, fuller poetry.

Writing with Consistency and Courage

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November 12|Single-Day Webinar|$89

What makes a successful writer? It's not talent, craft, or even the right connections—it's consistency and courage.

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Simple Winter Sanity-Saving Writing Circles

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November 30|4 Weeks|$250

Write your way to the finish line of 2022: let go of and say goodbye to a momentous year, honor the changes in yourself and the world, and set your intentions for a new chapter.

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Unscheduled Online Poetry Writing Classes

Browse our full poetry offerings below. Let us know which poetry writing courses you're interested in, and we'll contact you with dates when we're ready to put them on our calendar.

(Live Workshop) Get Clear on Your Story and Voice

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What is your story about? What is your voice? Whether you write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, hone your writing in this 3 hour workshop.

(Live Workshop) Haiku & Senryu: Rekindling A Sense of Wonder

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Haiku, Senryu, and other Japanese poetry forms encourage us to slow down and write mindfully. Learn how to write these forms in this meditative writing workshop.

Architecture of the Creative Heart: Writing Formal Poetry

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Learn how diving into form—the coherent relationship of all of a poem’s parts—can enhance your creativity and freedom as a poet.

Crafting the Poetry Novel for Young Adults

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Even if you’ve never written poetry before, you can begin the rewarding process of crafting a poetry novel for Young Adults. Is there a market for novels written in verse? Are they well received? Yes, there is, and yes, they are!

Crafting the Poetry Novel: Advanced Workshop

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Want to make headway on your poetry novel? This workshop offers the structure and resources to get it done, with instructor Kelly Bingham.

Death Riding Shotgun: How Awareness of Our Mortality Impacts Poetry

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How can your own mortality inform your work? In this 6-week course, you'll use death to inspire and motivate your poetry writing.

Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity

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Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.

Embodied Writing: Somatic Practices to Improve Your Work

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Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.

Fall (Back) In Love with Poetry

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Whether you're new to poetry or returning after a hiatus, rekindle the spark that puts verse to page in this exploratory poetry class.

Finding Wildness and Freedom in Poetry

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Find a greater sense of comfort, ease, lightheartedness, and freedom in reading and writing poetry.

From Writing Circle to Finished Poem: Turn Raw Writing into Poetry (Session 2)

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Gather together in a virtual writing circle, hit the mute button on your internal editor, and uncover inspiration to shape into poetry.

From Writing Circle to Poems in 6 Contemporary Forms (Mondays and Fridays)

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From the sonnet to the villanelle, turn your journal entries into formal poetry in this 6 week writing circle workshop.

From Writing Circles to Poems of Gratitude & Hope for the New Year

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Want to move forward into the new year with gratefulness and clarity for 2022? Join us for 4 weeks of writing about gratitude and hope.

From Writing Circles to Poems of Gratitude and Hope

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Poetry is a powerful method for healing and happiness. Write poems about gratitude and hope in our intimate, live-video writing circles, with instructor Susan Vespoli.

I’ve Drunk Your Poisoned Nectar: Writing with the Goddess

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Dig deep into the rich mythology of South Asian goddesses to find new inspiration for your work in this generative, open-genre writing class.

In Bloom: Nature Writing Workshop

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Want to write about nature like Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau, or Annie Dillard? Join us for this six-week nature writing course.

Observing What’s Vivid in Prose and Poetry

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Learn how to spotlight beauty through fresh, vivid, and surprising language, in this four week mindfulness writing course.

Poems of All Sizes: Haiku, Tanka, and Japanese Poetic Forms

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Explore the history and poetics of Japanese poetry forms, and write haiku, tanka, renga, haiga, and linked verse poetry.

Poetry as Sacred Attention

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Poetry asks us to slow down, listen, and pay attention. In this meditative workshop, we'll open ourselves to the beauty and mystery of poetry.

Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life

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Join us for this workshop on creating powerful poems—poems that are clear and organized, fresh and moving, full of life.

Putting It All Together: Completing Your First Poetry Manuscript

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How do you put together a poetry book? From choosing a theme to ordering your poems, you'll end this course with a ready-to-publish manuscript.

The Chronology of Mind: From Journal to Poem or Prose

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Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.

Using Bullet Journaling to Achieve Writing Goals

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Looking to keep your writing goals organized? Make it happen in our bullet journaling course. Learn the art of the BuJo with Rudri Patel!

Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake

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For any writer wanting to root writing in vision and vision in the body: for poetry, fiction, essay, memoir & pleasure.

Write from the Untamed Mind: Find Your Voice

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Join Susan in two writing circles each week: intimate spaces for writers to free-write together, saying yes to whatever shows up, followed by group read-arounds. These writing sessions are spontaneous, intimate, freeing, and transformative.

Writing Circle Workshop: A Focus on Eight Contemporary Poets (Section 2)

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By studying the poems of Billy Collins, Ellen Bass, Natalie Diaz, and more, write stunning poetry in this generative writing circle workshop.

Writing Circle Workshop: A Focus on Nine Contemporary Poets

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Write freely and expressively in this 8-week poetry workshop. Along the way, we'll explore the transformative work of 9 contemporary poets.

Writing Circles & Exercises to Spark New Poems (Mondays and Fridays)

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Looking for inspiration? Write, vent, laugh, and honor your writing practice in these generative writing circle workshops.

Writing Circles: Finding Community, Clarity, Poetry, and Prose

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Join our writing circle to form a writing community, find clarity in your words, and turn your untamed free-writes into poetry and/or prose.

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Why Take an Online Poetry Writing Course with Writers.com?

  • We welcome writers of all backgrounds and experience levels, and we are here for one reason: to support you on your writing journey.
  • Small groups keep our online poetry writing classes lively and intimate.
  • Work through your weekly written lectures, course materials, and writing assignments at your own pace.
  • Share and discuss your work with classmates in a supportive class environment.
  • Your course instructor will offer you direct, personal feedback and suggestions on every assignment you submit.