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POET 30 W — The Poet’s Way

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): May 4—Jun 5
Drop Deadline: May 7
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 75
Status: Open
Please Note: The full tuition refund deadline for this course is May 7 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is May 12 at 5:00 pm (PT)
May 4—Jun 5
5 weeks
Drop By
May 7
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Caroline Goodwin
Please Note: The full tuition refund deadline for this course is May 7 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is May 12 at 5:00 pm (PT)
Consider this course an immersion in a particular, highly individualized way of seeing and thinking. In a supportive and dynamic online community, students will begin to explore their own lives for poetic material. We will focus on cultivating the small but powerful habits necessary to a sustained poetry practice. Students will read works that range from the spiritual intensity of Gerard Manley Hopkins to the “magnificent dream” of Anne Waldman to the meditations of Robert Hass. Assignments will explore the pleasures of language, encourage students to play with content and form, and expand our sense of the possibilities of poetry. Each weekday, students will receive a writing prompt and will set a goal of freewriting to the prompt for a minimum of thirty minutes. These prompts will challenge us to dig into our memories and experiences, delving into our personal truths. The goal will be simply to express ourselves, without worrying about the ultimate form of our creativity. Students will receive meaningful feedback and impetus for expansion. They will complete this course with a strong poetry writing practice in place, connections to a lively community of creative people, and a clear direction for future endeavors.

Because of the high enrollment capacity, students will not receive instructor feedback on daily writing posts. Instead, students may receive light instructor feedback on one poem draft per week.

Caroline Goodwin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin’s poems and essays have been published in The New Republic, Catamaran, Puerto del Sol, PRISM international, and elsewhere. She is the author of the poetry collections Trapline (2013), Peregrine (2015), The Paper Tree (2017), and Custody of the Eyes (2019). From 2014 to 2016, she served as San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate. She received an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.