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

March courses, the only submission workshop you will ever need, with meghan sterling.

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.

Live Workshop , Poetry

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Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life

With rosemary tantra bensko.

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

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April Courses

30 poems in 30 days, with ollie schminkey.

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

30 poems in 30 days

Death Riding Shotgun: How Awareness of Our Mortality Impacts Poetry

With lisa c. taylor.

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

Lifestyle and Wellness , Poetry

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From Writing Circle to Poems in 8 Contemporary Forms (Mondays and Fridays)

With susan vespoli.

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

Writing with consistency and courage, with tamara dean.

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story

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

With shelby hinte.

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story

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Observing What’s Vivid in Prose and Poetry

With marc olmsted.

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast

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May Courses

The joy of poetry: a beginner-friendly workshop, with joy roulier sawyer.

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.

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June Courses

Get it done: create the scaffolding to start (and finish) a writing project, with eman quotah.

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast

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In Bloom: Nature Writing Workshop

With dana de greff.

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story

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Putting It All Together: Completing Your First Poetry Manuscript

With caitlin scarano.

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.

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Opening the Door to Poetry

With jude nutter.

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.

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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 [email protected] , or visit the contact form .

(Live Workshop) Get Clear on Your Story and Voice

With nadia colburn.

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

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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Architecture of the Creative Heart: Writing Formal Poetry

With david mills.

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

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Crafting the Poetry Novel for Young Adults

With kelly bingham.

Only 2 seats left!

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!

Fiction , Novel , Poetry

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Crafting the Poetry Novel: Advanced Workshop

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Novel , Poetry

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Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story , Stage and Broadcast

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Embodied Writing: Somatic Practices to Improve Your Work

Fall (back) in love with poetry, with moriel rothman-zecher.

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

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 (Session 2)

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 of Kindness, Wonder, Connection & Joy (Mondays and Fridays)

Explore the power of joy, kindness, and community in this four week poetry workshop.

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From Writing Circle to Poems of Kindness, Wonder, Connection & Joy (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

From writing circles to poems of gratitude & hope for the new year.

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

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.

How to Craft a Poem

With zining mok.

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

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

With shankar narayan.

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

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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Ordinary to Extraordinary: Turning Everyday Experiences into Poetry

With tina barry.

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

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

Creative Nonfiction , Personal Essay , Poetry

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

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

Creative Nonfiction , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story

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

With miho kinnas.

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

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Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

With barbara henning.

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

Fiction , Poetry , Short Story

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Poetry and Performance: Slam Poetry 101

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

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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Simple Winter Sanity-Saving Writing Circles

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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Syllables to Stanzas: Crafting Your Poetry Portfolio

With derek jg williams.

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

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Techwashed!: Writing with AI, Data, and Surveillance

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Novel , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story

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Telling Truth: A Poetry Workshop

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

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The Chronology of Mind: From Journal to Poem or Prose

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Memoir , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story

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The Craft of Poetry

With jonathan j.g. mcclure.

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.

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The Healing Power of Poetry

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 Spirituality of Poetry

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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Twoness Poems

With e. ethelbert miller , miho kinnas.

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.

twoness poems course

Using Bullet Journaling to Achieve Writing Goals

With rudri patel.

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

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Poetry

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Using Your Poetry Skills to Write Memoir

With freesia mckee.

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

Creative Nonfiction , Live Workshop , Memoir , Poetry

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Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake

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

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)

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

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: Finding Community and Creativity in a Challenging Time

Write out the storm: Join supportive, friendly faces in twice-weekly virtual community writing circles.

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

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.

Creative Nonfiction , Fiction , Lifestyle and Wellness , Memoir , Personal Essay , Poetry , Short Story

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

Writing circles & exercises to spark new poems (mondays and fridays).

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

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

Writing circles: finding community, clarity, poetry, and prose.

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.

Lifestyle and Wellness , Poetry , Short Story

Writing Cross Genre

With nicole hardy.

On March 9th at 10 AM, Writers.com instructor Nicole Hardy will lead a workshop on writing cross genre at independent publisher Chin Music Press. Using Chin Music Press’s title, A Commonplace Book Of Pie by Kate Lebo, Nicole will demonstrate how poets can write nonfiction, novelists can tackle screenplays, graphic novelist can compose short stories, or any combination of writing in a…

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Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind

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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You Yourself Are the Beloved: Writing with South Asian Ghazals

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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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.

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Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop

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Financial aid available

About this Course

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.

Though any of us may have the potential to make that happen, having an understanding of how several tools of poetic composition can be used (and audaciously “mis-used”) gives you more ways to try (and if we do this right, we might surprise ourselves most of all). We'll cover key poetic terms and devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets and then get a chance to try our own hand at writing new poem drafts from a select number of prompts. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to workshop your poem drafts and get feedback on your work, working towards a more polished poem.

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California Institute of the Arts

CalArts has earned an international reputation as the leading college of the visual and performing arts in the United States. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions.

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Introduction and the poetic line.

Poetry orchestrates its music, arguments, tensions, and environment via arrangements of language into lines and stanzas. This week we’ll address the importance of the line break, perhaps the most conspicuous, signature tool in the poet’s toolkit. Do you break more for sound, for sense, visual effect, shape, a mix of several? We’ll participate in several line break exercises and remix found poems. Also: prepare for your first quiz and a fun first writing prompt.

Abstraction and Image

Abstraction doesn’t mean “deep,” and image doesn’t mean “picture.” Images are typically understood as anything you can literally touch/taste/see/hear/smell, and abstractions are those things for which we have symbols (a clock for “time,” a heart for “love”) but no image. Abstractions and images may fill our poems, but how can you tell what’s what, and how can you leverage them to compelling ends? This week we’ll work at finding new symbols to replace clichéd ones for abstractions and we’ll work at crafting images that do more than add furniture to a poem, but create systems of relationships, moods, and even style.

Metaphor and Other Formulas of Difference

Most of us think of simile and metaphor, personification and other similar figures of speech as being about similarities between objects, concepts, and entities. But the juice in these formulas comes from how different the two things being compared seem to be. This is why writing: “the shark moved like a fish” is, alone, a lot less interesting than saying “the shark moved like a squad car.” We’ll talk about how playing with difference via juxtaposition can create a range of poetic effects. Then you’ll write a poem built of one robustly developed or several contrasting juxtapositions.

We'll end this module with yet another quiz, and our first poetry workshop -- facilitated through a peer assessed assignment.

This week we’ll explore how rhyme leverages patterns of sameness and how we can estrange similarity for compelling poetic effects. We’ll check out examples of “rhyme”—sonic, visual, conceptual—from outside of poetry too.

All spoken language has rhythm, the trick is working the rhythm in such a way that drives your poem toward the effects you’re after. Maybe you want a fluid, seductive, propulsive rhythm. Perhaps something that halts or stutters. We’ll use traditional western concepts of meter as a means to open the door to this discussion, but we may leave them at the door upon entry.

Sharpened Poetry: Revision Strategies

When you revise a poem, you are not trying to dull the emotional flash of your first draft. You must, instead, intensify it. In this, our final week, we’ll discuss the difference between revision and editing, the art of reading your own work critically, and the beauty of drafts. For your final peer review, you’ll turn in (and in turn, assess) a revision of one of the poems from the preceding 5 modules.


I loved it. I truly enjoyed my time through this course. Excellent teacher who knows his stuff. Thank-you for this writing and educational opportunity for me to jump-start my muse again.

I learned a lot from this workshop. It's very straightforward and easy to learn and I produced better poems that are far more better from the poems that I've written for the past 3 years.

This course provides brilliant explanations delivered in an extremely entertaining manner and incredible prompts that make the process of writing poetry extremely amusing. I recommend it 100%.

The professor and tasks were very engaging. I truly looked forward to tuning in and working through the lessons and assignments. My interest in poetry is further stoked and I can't wait to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I have access to the lectures and assignments?

Access to lectures and assignments depends on your type of enrollment. If you take a course in audit mode, you will be able to see most course materials for free. To access graded assignments and to earn a Certificate, you will need to purchase the Certificate experience, during or after your audit. If you don't see the audit option:

The course may not offer an audit option. You can try a Free Trial instead, or apply for Financial Aid.

The course may offer 'Full Course, No Certificate' instead. This option lets you see all course materials, submit required assessments, and get a final grade. This also means that you will not be able to purchase a Certificate experience.

What will I get if I purchase the Certificate?

When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. In select learning programs, you can apply for financial aid or a scholarship if you can’t afford the enrollment fee. If fin aid or scholarship is available for your learning program selection, you’ll find a link to apply on the description page.

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Poets’ Resources: Online Classes and Workshops

By Palette Poetry

The Palette team is always on the lookout for ways to improve our own craft—being from all around the world, we recently had a discussion about how to use online resources effectively. Special thanks to Sophia Noulas and Esther Vincent for help putting this list together.

The Poetry School  $$

A national arts organization based in the U.K., the Poetry School has been around for over twenty years. They even offer a fully accredited Masters degree in Writing Poetry. The learning opportunities are extensive: workshops, online and in-person classes lead by great contemporary poets, downloadable courses, and their renowned CAMPUS network for working poets.

The Loft  $$

The Loft is even older: they’ve been teaching poetry outside of universities and colleges since 1974. Their face-to-face courses happen in Minneapolis, while their long list of online courses are available anywhere. Each class is assigned as either Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced, according to your needs. Check out the advanced courses for the more in-depth workshops.

The Writers Studio  $$$

Philip Shultz founded The Writers Studio with the aim to help “students become stronger, more resourceful writers — with more craft at their disposal, more knowledge of what makes a piece of creative writing satisfying to a reader, and more access to the full range of their emotions and imagination.” They’ve even created their own

The Speak Easy Project  $

This one was started by the Blueshift Journal and now has taken on a life of its own, with workshops and editorial services from some of the biggest debut poets of the last few years: Chen Chen, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Paige Lewis, Leila Chatti, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Paul Tran, Khadijah Queen, Danez Smith, Kaveh Akbar, and many more. If those names don’t get you excited, we don’t know what will. They also offer financial aid to over half of their students.

Catapult  $$$

If you, like many poets, are thinking of jumping around genres, Catapult is a great resource for learning prose writing. They’re a community of writers based in New York that span across several genres. They offer in-class weekly workshops, one-off weekend seminars, and online classes. Expensive, but intense.

University of Oxford’s Writing Poetry Course  $$$

Offered by the University of Oxford, this is an accredited online writing poetry course that introduces students to writing technique and form. A great beginner course from one of the oldest and most respected universities in the world.

Harvard’s edX Poetry Courses  Free

Offered by Harvard University, these nine free online courses have an emphasis on American poetry, with a few outliers. Learn about Whitman, Dickinson, and all the Modernists. This could be a great place to start understanding the giants we’ve all been standing on.

Berklee’s Poet-Songwriter Course  $$$$

Offered by the Berklee College of Music, this is an accredited online course for writers, songwriters and poets. Expensive, but the course dives deep into the musicality of language and performance.

Share Your Poetry

Always free. Always open. $50 per accepted poem.

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Trish Hopkinson

A selfish poet, 10 free online poetry classes/workshops.

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Thanks for the links

THanks for these! I thought I’d share reviews of 2 cpurse that I’ve taken in the last week or so:

The first week of the FutureLearn course is very low level — sort what I did at primary school. It does get a better in week 3 (it’s a three week course, but I did it in one). As of July 2020, there are no moderators in the discussions, which is a pity.

The Coursera course “Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop” is very engaging and I’m learning a lot. I’m writing new poems I might not have written otherwise. They DO have moderators in the discussions. I love the tutor!

Thanks so much for sharing this info, Trish!! You are a Sweetheart!!! Will be sharing this with my followers! xoxo

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The International Womens Writers Guild offers paid workshops as well as free monthly Friday Free-writes for poets and fiction writers. It’s at http://www.iwwg.org .

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List of live, online poetry workshops, all are open to the public and held virtually.

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Remember the Spell: Writing in Meter

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Online Advanced Poetry

About online advanced poetry.

Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and emotional richness. Each week, the teacher assigns an exercise based on readings from the concurrent Craft Class. Through both the readings and exercises, the class challenges students to recognize what makes a poem engaging and entertaining to the reader. By focusing on technique, students uncover and connect with the emotional truths that most compel them to write.

The workshop operates like a Writers Studio virtual workshop, with work shared, read, and critiqued during the weekly Google Meet. The teacher provides a critique of all student work during this weekly meeting and presents a new assignment for the following week. The class is not recorded. Beginning with their third term in the workshop, students are required to participate in the Writers Studio Craft Class.

Many poets in the class turn their exercises into completed works to submit to literary journals, writing contests, residency, and MFA applications, often with success.

The Online Advanced Poetry Workshop is open to students who have poetry publications, an MFA, or four post-graduate writing courses, or have completed Level 2 at The Writers Studio. Places in this workshop are awarded on a case-by-case basis.

To apply, please write to the workshop teacher, Lisa Bellamy, at [email protected] .

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  1. Online Poetry Writing Courses

    Join us for this workshop on creating powerful poems—poems that are clear and ... These online writing classes don't currently have a next session on our

  2. Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop

    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

  3. Poets' Resources: Online Classes and Workshops

    The Poetry School $$ · The Loft $$ · The Writers Studio $$$ · The Speak Easy Project $ · Catapult $$$ · University of Oxford's Writing Poetry Course

  4. 10 Free online poetry classes/workshops

    Poetry: How to Write Poems by The Crafty Writer's Creative Writing Course · ModPo offers an online class · Coursera offers several MOOC (massive

  5. List of Live, Online Poetry Workshops

    All are open to the public and held virtually · Black Lawrence Press — Free Workshops · Button Poetry · Lighthouse Writer's Workshop · Milk Press Virtual Workshop

  6. Poetry Writing Classes, Level I

    Poetry Writing I is a 10-week workshop, which includes lectures, exercises, ... Many topics will be similar to those covered in the Online classes.

  7. Online Poetry Workshops

    MFA-quality online poetry classes & workshops, founded in 2008. Learn in a supportive and inspiring community of writers with award-winning teaching

  8. Online Advanced Poetry

    The Online Advanced Poetry Workshop is open to students who have poetry publications, an MFA, or four post-graduate writing courses, or have completed Level

  9. 50+ Poetry Courses & Certifications [2023]

    Poetry Courses · Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”) · Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop · Poetry in America: The Civil War and Its Aftermath.

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    Our online programme of poetry courses and workshops makes learning poetry ... Join us to create community through writing, as we explore that difficult