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.

See our upcoming online poetry courses below, and learn how to choose the best poetry course for you. Our courses are filling fast, so reserve your spot today.

online poetry writing courses

Upcoming Online Poetry Writing Courses




June Courses

Simple Summer Writing Circles

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June 19 | 4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Sail through the summer and survive the heat with these chill writing circles, where you'll laugh, vent, and honor the season in poetry.

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Finding Inspiration in Dreams

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June 26 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Save 15%!

Our dreams are fertile fields of inspiration, meaning, and creativity. Learn how to use your dreams as doorways to future writing.

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Observing What’s Vivid in Prose and Poetry

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June 26 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Save 15%!

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

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July Courses

Opening the Door to Poetry

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July 10 | 8 Weeks | $545

How do we use poetry to express life's marvelous complexity? Learn how to control language beyond the "ordinary" and discover the many possibilities of poetry.

Both Fish and Fowl: The Prose Poem

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July 17 | 8 Weeks | $545

A successful prose poem reads like a magic trick. Learn how to wield the powers of poetry in the context of prose in this comprehensive prose poetry course.

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Poetry II: Hone Your Voice for Emotional Impact

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July 24 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Write more powerful poetry though sound, form, and image. Explore poetic craft and creativity to write your most imaginative and moving work.

Crafting the Poetry Novel for Young Adults

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July 31 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%!

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!

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August Courses

Crafting Poems in Form: Rhyme, Meter, Fixed Forms, and More

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August 14 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Working within the guidelines of a fixed poetic structure can make your poetry more creative, not less. Find freedom in form in this 8 week workshop. 

The Deep Dive: Poem As Self-Discovery

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August 14 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Through poetry, we can access our deepest truths. Use the poem as a roadmap to self-discovery in this 6-week poetic deep-dive.

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

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August 15 | 3 1-Day Workshops | $245$210Early Bird: Save 15%!

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

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Warp and Weft: Weaving Free Verse Poetry from Life

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August 21 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Weave everyday events into deftly-written free verse poems in this generative, creativity-centered poetry workshop. 

Long Night’s Journey into Day: Writing Poetry Through and About Serious Illness

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August 28 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Poetry can help us integrate and learn from our experiences as patients, survivors, and/or caregivers. Join a supportive community, explore poetic and healing traditions, and spark powerful poems into being.

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The Joy of Poetry: A Beginner-Friendly Workshop

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August 28 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

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.

September Courses

A Writerly Life: Develop a Writing Routine that Works for You

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September 4 | 5 Weeks | $395$340Early Bird: Save 15%!

What does a writer's life look like? Build a productive writing habit in this course for writers of all backgrounds.

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Telling Truth: A Poetry Workshop

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September 4 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Learn how to tell your story and write a mini chapbook of poems in this truth-driven poetry workshop.

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Writing with Consistency and Courage

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September 14 | Single-Day Webinar | $115$100Early Bird: Save 15%!

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

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Putting It All Together: Completing Your First Poetry Manuscript

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September 18 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%!

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.

Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind

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September 25 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%!

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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October Courses

Plumbing the Past: Turning Life Experience into Poetry, Flash and Creative Non-Fiction

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October 2 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%!

Dig deep into personal ritual while studying narrative poets, short fiction and non-fiction authors, and food writers.

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The Spirituality of Poetry

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October 16 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Let the spirit of language move through you. In this 6 week course, we will study, write, and share poetry about the sacredness of human experience.

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November Courses

Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

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November 13 | 10 Weeks | $745$635Early Bird: Save 15%!

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

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Radical Revision: Get Your Poems Published

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November 13 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Radically reimagine your poems, by transforming your revision process. Ideal for poets working toward publication.

Unscheduled Courses

These online writing classes don’t currently have a next session on our calendar, but will soon. If you see a course you’re interested in, use the “I’m Interested” button to let us know, and we’ll follow up with you when the course is on our calendar next.

Want to reach us or our instructors with questions about our online writing courses? Contact us at writers@writers.com, or visit the contact form.

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

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Single-Day Webinar | $115

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.

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*Private Class | Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life

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January 1 | 8 to 12 Weeks | $645 | NEW!

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

*Private Class | The Craft of Poetry

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January 1 | 10 to 14 Weeks | $745

Poetry is alive and well. Contemporary poets can be touching, terrifying, and laugh-out-loud funny. Join us for an exploration of writing and reading poems.

*Private Class | Using Bullet Journaling to Achieve Writing Goals

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January 1 | 3 to 7 weeks | $345

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

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*Private Class | Writing with Tarot

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January 1 | 8-12 Weeks | $645

Jump-start your creative juices, and explore a world of divination, symbolism, and imagery right at your fingertips: learn short story and novel writing through Tarot.

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30 Poems in 30 Days

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4 Weeks | $345

This National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), build community and get feedback on your work while writing a poem every day.

A Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Writing Original Love Poems

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

How do poets write about love in fresh, surprising, original ways? Tackle the art of love poetry and write about all kinds of love in this generative workshop.

A Poet’s Calling Card: Writing and Composing a Chapbook

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8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%!

The poetry chapbook gives poets the chance to make a small, artful collection around a poetic obsession. Learn how to craft yours in this 8 week chapbook intensive.

Architecture of the Creative Heart: Writing Formal Poetry

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

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

Call of the Weird: Poetry and Nature

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Turn your poetic lens towards the outdoors in this six week workshop, where we'll put to verse everything strange and wonderful about the natural world. 

Crafting the Poetry Novel: Advanced Workshop

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5 weeks | $395

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

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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.

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Deep Waters: The Prose Poem Advanced Workshop

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Take the plunge in this advanced prose poetry course, where you'll write and revise short, powerful works of prose that hit like poetry.

Drawing Poems: the Art of Visual Poetry

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1 day workshop | $115 | NEW!

By melding poetry with design, visual poets can create multidimensional works of art and literature. Explore the craft in this visual poetry workshop. 

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Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity

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6 Weeks | $445

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

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Embodied Writing: Somatic Practices to Improve Your Work

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6 Weeks | $445

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

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Even Smaller: Adventures in Short-form Writing

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4 Weeks | $345

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Less is more in this bite-sized writing class, where you'll learn how to tell complete stories under the tightest word counts.

 

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Experiments in Poetry

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10 Weeks | $645$550Save 15%! | NEW!

See poetry in a totally new light! Draw inspiration from the most radical, innovative, and imaginative poets in literary history, master their techniques, and write new exciting poems of your own.

Fall (Back) In Love with Poetry

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5 Weeks | $395

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

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Finding Wildness and Freedom in Poetry

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Single-Day Webinar | $115

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

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From Writing Circle to Finished Poem: Turn Raw Writing into Poetry

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

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

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From Writing Circle to Poems in 6 Contemporary Forms

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6 Weeks | $425

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

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

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From Writing Circle to Poems in 8 Contemporary Forms (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

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8 Weeks | $545

From the sonnet to the villanelle, turn your journal entries into formal poetry in this 8 week writing circle workshop.

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From Writing Circles to Poems of Gratitude & Hope for the New Year (Mondays and Fridays)

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4 Weeks | $345

Want to move forward into the new year with gratefulness and clarity for 2024? Join us for 4 weeks of writing about gratitude and hope.

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From Writing Circles to Poems of Gratitude & Hope for the New Year (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

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4 Weeks | $345

Want to move forward into the new year with gratefulness and clarity for 2024? Join us for 4 weeks of writing about gratitude and hope.

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From Writing Circles to Poems of Gratitude and Hope

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4 Weeks | $345

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.

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Get Clear on Your Story and Voice

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Single-Day Webinar | $115

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

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Get It Done: Create the Scaffolding to Start (and Finish) a Writing Project

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2 Single-Day Webinars | $195 | NEW!

Get your butt in the chair, your mind roaming freely, and your creative juices flowing in this motivational, all-genres writing class.

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How to Craft a Poem

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A poem can tell a story, communicate our innermost thoughts, and reveal what moves us most deeply. Craft poems that do all of this and more in this guided poetry workshop.  

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

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8 Weeks | $545

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

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Iconoclast: Reimagining the Line Break

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2 Single-Day Webinars | $195

Poets can express so much in just a line break. Hone this tool of the poetic craft in this two part Zoom workshop.

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In Bloom: Nature Writing Workshop

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6 Weeks | $445

Only 3 seats left!

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

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It Starts with Play: Get (Back) into Writing

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6 Weeks | $445$380Save 15%!

Harness the joy of creativity in this inspiration-focused class, where we'll uncover new ideas for writing projects and draft loads of new material. 

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Mastering the Manuscript: Completing a Full-Length Poetry Manuscript (from Start to Finish)

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12 Weeks | $795 | NEW!

In this generative course, you'll write the bulk of the poems you'll use in your full-length manuscript, and learn how to structure them into a collection.

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Turning Everyday Experiences into Poetry

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4 Weeks | $345

Only 1 seat left!

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

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Poetry and Performance: Slam Poetry 101

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2 Single-Day Webinars | $195

In these workshops, master the elements of poetry and performance, and learn to take your poems from the page to the stage.

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Poetry as Sacred Attention

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Single-Day Webinar | $115

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.

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Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life

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8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%!

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

Simple Winter Sanity-Saving Writing Circles

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4 Weeks | $345

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Write your way to the finish line of 2023: 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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Sing the Body Electric: Poetry of the Body

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

The human body is a continuous source of inspiration for poetry. Embody the poetic in this electric workshop. 

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Techwashed!: Writing with AI, Data, and Surveillance

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2 Saturday Workshops | $205

Raise a mirror against society's relationship to technology in this two part workshop series where we will learn how to write about tech.

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The Chronology of Mind: From Journal to Poem or Prose

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10 Weeks | $645

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

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The Craft of Poetry

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10 Weeks | $645

Poetry is alive and well. Contemporary poets can be touching, terrifying, and laugh-out-loud funny. Join us for an exploration of writing and reading poems.

The Healing Power of Poetry

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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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The Only Submission Workshop You Will Ever Need

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2 Single-Day Webinars | $195

How do you get your poems in literary journals? This two part webinar shows you the ropes for getting your work published, read, and celebrated.

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The Poetry of Play

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Get playful in your poetry in this fun-focused workshop, where we'll experiment our ways into new and delightful poems. 

The Surprising Sentence: Honing Your Prose Style

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2 Single-Day Webinars | $195 | NEW!

Great sentences stack up into great stories. Learn how to hone your style and voice at the most basic unit of writing, the sentence, in this workshop.

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Twoness Poems

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Single-Day Webinar | $115

Twoness poems are poems written collaboratively with another poet. Learn something new about yourself, your writing partner, and poetry in this collaborative Valentine's Day workshop.

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Using Bullet Journaling to Achieve Writing Goals

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3 weeks | $195

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

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Using Your Poetry Skills to Write Memoir

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Single-Day Webinar | $345

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

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What’s So Funny? Writing Poetic Humor

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Can a poem make the audience laugh out loud? Learn how to harness poetic humor in this class about knocking the reader's socks off.

Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake

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8 Weeks | $545

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

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Write from the Untamed Mind: Find Your Voice

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6 Weeks | $445

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.

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

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8 Weeks | $545

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

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Writing Circle Workshop: A Focus on Nine Contemporary Poets

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8 Weeks | $545

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

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Writing Circle Workshop: Moving Toward Creativity & Light

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Connect with other writers, spark your creativity, and write light-filled poems in this writing circle workshop. 

Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Monday/Friday)

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.

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Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Tuesday/Saturday)

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.

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

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6 Weeks | $445

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

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

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6 week | $445

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

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

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8 Weeks | $545

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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Writing Poetry About Family Histories

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2 Single-Day Webinars | $195 | NEW!

To write about our families means reconciling past and present, our origins and our futures. Put these contradictions to verse in this two part webinar.

You Are Drinker and You Are Wine: Writing with the South Asian Sufis

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Through the traditions of Sufi poetry, learn how to write poems that access the divine and stand the test of time.

You Yourself Are the Beloved: Writing with South Asian Ghazals

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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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How to Choose the Best Online Poetry Course for You: 8 Tips

by Jonathan McClure, Writers.com Poetry Instructor

If you’ve never taken poetry workshops online, it can be hard to tell if they’re worth your time and money. In truth, no two online poetry classes are the same, but there are certainly classes out there that will help you along your journey as a poet.

What do the best online poetry classes have in common? In this article, we’ll discuss eight things to know before signing up, so you can be sure whether online poetry writing classes are right for you.

The Best Online Poetry Classes: Contents

What to know before taking poetry classes online

1. Online poetry classes offer more community than you might think

Community is essential for writers. Writing may be solitary, but reading brings us together.

My first time sharing a poem in an (in-person) workshop was terrifying: I was 19, maybe 20, and had never even tried to write my own poem, let alone handed it over to a room full of strangers. I don’t remember what I wrote--something about stairs, I think. But I do remember the care and attention that my classmates brought to my work, and that I brought to theirs, and the relationships that grew from that workshop and continued for years. Years later, when I was leading in-person workshops for my own university students, I got to see that same camaraderie develop for them.

Community is essential for writers. Writing itself is such a solitary activity--just you and your thoughts and the page--that it can be easy to get discouraged, lose accountability and motivation, or just plain feel lonely. Discussing your writing with other people who care deeply about the art serves as an important reminder that you’re not just talking to yourself: writing may be solitary, but reading brings us together.

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When I first started teaching online poetry classes, I was a bit apprehensive: how could online poetry writing classes allow for the same kind of community-building that I’d seen in in-person classes? I was pleasantly surprised to find that, if anything, my online poetry courses were more tight-knit: the online format and self-scheduled hours allowed students to give and receive more feedback on more poems than they would in a typical in-person class. And because of that, the students got to know one another—and one another’s work—in greater depth.

2. Taking poetry classes online is a lot of (fun!) work

There’s a persistent myth that poets are people who go off into the woods, think deeply, and come back to their desks just long enough to jot down their fully formed works of genius. As someone interested in poetry classes online, you know that this myth is silly—writing is hard work!

Taking poetry workshops online means not just writing your own new poems each week, but also reading and giving feedback on everyone else’s.

In an online poetry writing class, reading is hard work too. “Writerly reading” is very different than the way we normally read—different than the way you’re reading this article. When you’re reading as a writer, you’re not just reading for information or for story. Reading as a writer means reading that way, plus engaging with the text in an extremely hands-on way in order to understand it.

The poet William Carlos Williams described a poem as a machine made out of words. Reading like a writer means becoming a mechanic: if ordinary reading is like driving a car, then writerly reading is like taking apart the engine and giving it a tuneup.

So what does that mean in practice? Taking poetry workshops online means not just writing your own new poems each week, but also reading and giving feedback on everyone else’s. Not only that, but you’ll likely be revising your poems based on all the feedback that you receive each week.

It’s hard work, but it’s the best way to improve your own work and to help your cohort improve theirs.

3. Good online poetry writing classes mean lots of constructive criticism

If you’re thinking about signing up for poetry workshops online, you should know that online poetry writing classes involve a lot of constructive criticism—and that’s a good thing!

Online poetry writing classes involve a lot of constructive criticism—and that’s a good thing!

Even the best writers have to try again and again to get things right. Ernest Hemingway rewrote the ending of A Farewell to Arms over 40 times before he was satisfied; when asked what the problem was, he said, “Getting the words right.”

It took Robert Frost, one of the most famous poets of the last century, over twenty years to finish revising this sonnet!

The kind of feedback you get in an online poetry writing course will help you figure out how to go about “getting the words right.” And while it may seem intimidating or unpleasant at first, you’ll likely find that you value all of your classmates’ feedback—both positive and negative—very highly. In fact, I still have every critique letter I received during my MFA workshops filed away in a big drawer—I’ve carried them with me through 4 or 5 moves!

4. Taking poetry workshops online involves even more reading than writing

A good online poetry writing class instructor will help you find poems you love. What matters is your interest and willingness to learn.

When you sign up for online poetry writing classes, you'll spend at least as much time reading in your genre as you will writing in it. Many people who take online poetry courses don't expect how much time they’ll spend reading published poems, but it actually makes a lot of sense.

online poetry class girl reading book

Imagine you wanted to learn to build a house, but you’d never seen someone do it before. You could probably figure it out, eventually, through trial and error. But you’d get much better, much faster (and have the walls tip over much less) if you watched some expert carpenters, studied what they did, and then put it into practice yourself. The same approach works for learning to build a poem.

Don’t worry if you don’t know many poems at the beginning—most people don’t, and a good online poetry writing class instructor will help you find poems you love. What matters is your interest and willingness to learn.

If you want to start reading right away, there are tens of thousands of wonderful classic and contemporary poems available for free online from the Poetry Foundation and the Academy of American Poets.

5. There's no consensus on what makes writing good

Some beginning poetry classes online students worry there’s something wrong with them because they don't "get" a particular published piece of poetry. If you’re considering an online poetry writing class, you should know that there’s a lot of disagreement on what makes a poem “good,” and there’s nothing wrong with not liking this or that famous poem.

One of the most valuable parts of an online poetry writing class is learning what you do and don’t like in a poem.

T.S. Eliot, one of the most recognized poets and critics of the last century, famously called Shakespeare’s Hamlet— widely considered one of the world’s great masterpieces—a “dramatic failure.” Mark Twain despised the work of Jane Austen, writing that “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Poet Stanley Kunitz’s Selected Poems was rejected by eight publishers. Eventually a press did pick it up—and it won the Pulitzer Prize.

Think of it this way: you know that just because most critics liked a particular movie doesn’t mean you will. And you may not like the restaurant local foodies are raving about, if it doesn’t suit your personal taste. The same thing goes for poetry: we all have different tastes, and one of the most valuable parts of an online poetry writing class is learning what you do and don’t like in a poem.

6. Different people have different reasons for taking online poetry courses

Students join online poetry classes for all kinds of reasons. Some students want to explore a new genre, others want to prepare for MFA programs, and still others want to get their work ready for publication.

When you sign up for online poetry courses, think about what’s important to you, and be ready to learn from others with different goals.

In my online poetry writing classes, students are often surprised when I suggest that they can and should pursue publication. While I always provide information about how to get published, I never push students to do it. Some people want to publish; others don’t.

When you sign up for online poetry courses, think about what’s important to you, and be ready to learn from others with different goals.

7. Online poetry classes are useful for fiction writers and essayists, too

Online poetry courses help you learn to find the best possible way of saying something.

online poetry classes studying in library

Even if poetry isn’t your primary genre, an online poetry writing class can still be very valuable for your work. Online poetry writing classes encourage you to examine writing extremely closely, thinking in fine detail about how seemingly small changes to a word (or even a punctuation mark) can dramatically change the poem as a whole.

Put another way, online poetry courses help you learn to find the best possible way of saying something—whether in poetry or in prose. While taking poetry classes online won’t involve detailed discussions of story structure, character, dialogue, and so on, online poetry classes can be invaluable in mastering beautiful prose style.

8. It matters who teaches your online poetry writing course

Before you sign up for online poetry classes, check out the instructor’s work and make sure that you’d feel comfortable taking writing advice from them. It’s not that you need to find a online poetry writing classes instructor with exactly the same aesthetic preferences as you. Nor do you need to be absolutely in love with your instructor’s work. But if you can’t stand the instructor’s work, their online poetry classes likely won’t be a good fit for you!

If you can’t stand the instructor’s work, their online poetry classes likely won’t be a good fit for you!

That said, it’s useful to have a wide range of perspectives on your work, and taking multiple online poetry writing classes with very different instructors can help you to think about your poems in new ways. For instance, one of my most influential poetry mentors is a very traditional poet, and the other is highly experimental. In learning from both of them, I was able to build my own unique style—just like you’ll learn to do in your online poetry classes.

 

About Our Online Poetry Writing Courses

We've been offering writing classes online since 1995 to all kinds of students. Whether you're completely new to the Internet (back then, everyone was) or more experienced learning online, our writing courses will be a great fit for you.

Online Course Platform

We offer our classes through an online course platform called PowerSchool. It's designed to be simple and usable for people without a technical background. You'll be sent instructions for joining your class in PowerSchool on the day it begins.

Weekly Assignments

Most classes are structured around weekly assignments: once each week, the teacher emails or posts a lecture to the list that includes a writing assignment, and the students complete the assignment and send it to the list. This means that the teacher and all students in the class see all completed assignments.

The instructor writes his or her feedback on the assignment and sends it back to the list, and students are encouraged to offer feedback on each others' work.

Additionally, some classes are set up as workshops, and are organized around feedback on student manuscripts.

There are no specific times that you must be online. This allows you to work on the class material at your convenience: it's the ideal way to take a class.

Class Discussion and Connection

The list also hosts class discussions about lessons, assignments, and writing in general. The more interaction among students, the more valuable and enjoyable the class. We offer guidelines to keep dialogue supportive and beneficial, and no negative or abusive behavior is allowed.

Writing can be a lonely pursuit, and it's often difficult for writers to make contact with each other. Part of our reason for being here is to change that. We encourage class members to develop ongoing correspondence in which they can share their work. Often a sense of community forms, and some groups have continued to work together long after the class is over.

With the odd "anonymous intimacy" of the Internet, it's easier to take chances in your writing, and to be honest and thoughtful in your criticism of others' writing. First-time students in our online writing courses are often surprised how much they learn, and how much they enjoy the experience.

If you have further questions, browse the writers.com FAQ.

What Sets Our Online Writing Courses Apart

At Writers.com, we have 25 years of experience offering the best writing classes online. Many elements set our courses apart:

  • Our instructors are gifted, experienced teachers who are writers themselves. They also care about their students and the progress they make. Any good "school" or workshop can teach you the craft of writing; we offer personal attention and inspiration as well.
  • Each instructor develops his or her own courses. Unlike other online writing schools, we have no prepared, prepackaged classes randomly taught by just anyone who has the time to teach it. You know exactly who your teacher will be before you ever register, and you'll receive feedback from that teacher on your writing.
  • We accept a maximum of 12 students per class in most classes. You will never be a face in the crowd in a Writers.com class.
  • We take your work seriously, but we also have fun. Some of our classes are rigorous and intense. If you want to be a professional writer, you need a tough, but supportive, environment. We have that. But we also offer other classes that are a chance to experiment, learn for the sheer joy of learning, explore new ideas, and discover new pathways.
  • Our classes fit into your daily life – no matter what time zone you are in.
  • If you are able to visit websites, you can participate fully in our classes. The course software is simple to learn and designed for learners of all kinds across the globe.
  • Writers.com is operated by a small, dedicated staff of human beings who genuinely want to help you meet your writing goals. Having a technical problem, or finding that a course isn't the right fit for you? Contact us and we'll work it out, person-to-person.

Join one of our writing courses, and experience the Writers.com difference for yourself!