Online Poetry Workshop:
Beginning, Restarting, Generating
The course will be for beginner poets who would like to explore poetry for enjoyment and personal interest – along with anyone who would like to return to writing poetry after time away or just reboot their writing. It will primarily involve generating new poems. Participants will receive model poems from me with description of key themes and analysis, along with instructions for creating their own poems in response. We will write a new poem a week on a flexible, asynchronous schedule, meaning you will not have to log on at a particular time of the day or week. Participants will be asked to respond to teammates’ poems in structured, positive ways that will not require prior experience with poetry, and each poem written in the class will receive individual feedback from me as well.
We will have ten one-week sessions that will begin and end on Sunday. Each Sunday, I will email a model poem with discussion and an exercise. During the following week, everyone will work on a poem. I will organize the class into teams, and everyone will send each poem to their team. I will then provide instructions for teammates to respond to one another’s work, and I will give feedback myself.
Sunday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, April 30
A computer and internet connection, an email account, 3-5 hours a week, and a desire to explore poetry and your own creative process and unique voice.
Cost & Registration
$225 paid via PayPal to email@example.com by Friday, February 17.
Former Students say…
“This class was an extremely positive experience and opened my eyes to a wider world of poetry and to new ways to approach my writing. It was specific to beginners; however, I would recommend it to writers of any level who want to expand their poetry writing skills. It was well worth the price. The class delivered on its goal of introducing various forms of poetry and it allowed me to explore them in my own writing. The class was well regimented with assignments and deadlines. We were kept on task and I accomplished a great deal of writing. Each assignment was clear and concise and offered a new challenge. Most importantly, the assignments were written in a way that I felt Michael Collins was speaking directly to me. That helped bridge the online divide. Also, he was always available for assistance and feedback.”
"I had no idea what I was getting into when I signed up for Michael Collins’ online poetry workshop. But I am unbelievably grateful that I did. Throughout this six week course I was able to explore multiple styles, forms and themes in my poems. The feedback I received from both Michael and from the other poets was incredibly helpful, and allowed me to develop a better sense of critique when it comes to my own writing. Great class. Great teacher. Would recommend."
"I have taken two classes with Michael Collins and benefitted from both. His prompts are challenging and include poems new to me. I wrote outside my comfort zone for each class, which is what I was looking for. The tone of the instruction is friendly and not rigid. Also we ’students' are enriched by reading one another’s works, commenting and receiving comments. Recommended!"
"Michael’s generative poetry class was exactly what I needed to jump-start my writing after a year’s absence from any creative work. I produced drafts of new poems and learned different ways of generating the work, ways that were foreign to what I considered my ‘process.’ Working in diverse ways led to new doors opening up in my mind – which is always my goal creatively. I’m really happy to have taken this class and definitely will be back for more!"