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POET 30 W — The Poet’s Way

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): May 8—Jun 9
Refund Deadline: May 11
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $370
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 100
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
May 8—Jun 9
5 weeks
Refund Date
May 11
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Caroline Goodwin
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Consider this course an immersion in your own creative process. In a supportive and dynamic online community, students will begin to explore their lives for poetic material. We will focus on cultivating the small but powerful habits necessary for a sustained poetry practice, and we will share the strategies that work for us. Students will read works that range from the spiritual intensity of Gerard Manley Hopkins to the “magnificent dream” of Anne Waldman and 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. Every other day, students will receive an optional writing prompt and will set a goal of freewriting to the prompt for a minimum of 30 minutes. These prompts will challenge us to dig into our memories and experiences, delving into our personal truths and voices. The goal will be simply to express ourselves, without worrying about the ultimate form of our creativity. Students will engage in conversation with fellow writers in the class, providing brief feedback to one classmate per prompt. They will complete this course with a strong poetry-writing practice in place, connections to a lively community of creative people, and clear goals for future poetry 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.

Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin's recent poetry collections are Madrigals, Matanuska, and Old Snow, White Sun. Her essay "The Money Place" was listed as a notable essay of 2021 in The Best American Essays. 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.