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POET 36 — Trusting Yourself: Write Evocative Poetry by Listening to Your Instincts

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 10—Mar 14
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 12
Units: 3
Tuition: $710
Instructor(s): Keith S. Wilson
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Jan 10—Mar 14
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 12
3 Units
Keith S. Wilson
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
All of us want to write the best poems, but what do we do when our favorite lines are not someone else’s favorite lines? Worse, what if we’re not sure what our strongest lines even are? This course offers guidance for writers at any level looking to focus on the central skill set of writing contemporary poetry—strengthening and embracing the voice we have, underneath it all, that makes us unique. In this course, students will be shown how to hone their instincts when freewriting, and will gain techniques for better understanding what they want from their poems. In addition to generating new poems, we will explore a diverse array of contemporary poets—including Eve Ewing, Ocean Vuong, Jericho Brown, and Tarfia Faizullah—and break down the strategies they use to voice their work. We will also cover focused revision and discuss how to find the right readers for your work. Each student will have the opportunity to receive instructor and peer feedback on a set of poems. Any writer eager to learn from others while ultimately writing in their own style will leave this course with craft knowledge and practical strategies needed to strengthen their work without losing their unique voice in the process.

Former Stegner Fellow in Poetry, Stanford; Creative Writing Faculty, Spalding University and School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Keith S. Wilson is a poet and game designer. He is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and an Illinois Arts Council Agency Award, and he has received both a Kenyon Review Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship. His book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, was recognized by The New York Times as a best new book of poetry.

Textbooks for this course:

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