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Course Description

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W.H. Auden wrote, “A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” But what exactly makes a poem a poem? You will explore this question while attending an eight-week poetry workshop, probing the various elements of this genre: rhythm, cadence, stanzaic structure, metre, image, and metaphoric language. You will attempt a variety of poetic forms such as the sonnet, ghazal, pantoum and read examples of published work. Over the course of eight weeks, you will create, workshop and revise a short portfolio of your own poems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Examine and discuss creative writing elements used by published authors in poetry. 
  2. Demonstrate a personal writing style with a sensitivity to the sounds, moods, and evocative effects of the language.
  3. Recognise and utilise poetic devices and elements of craft related to the readings and forms discussed in class. 
  4. Engage in reflective writing related to your poetic practice.
  5. Offer insightful and constructive feedback on the creative work of your peers.  
  6. Receive and integrate insightful and constructive feedback into your own writing. 

Course Topics

Students can expect a variety of in-class exercises, readings, theory, group work, and discussions on the following topics:

  • What Makes a Poem a Poem?
  • Discussions of Image and Metaphor
  • Meter and Sonnet
  • Poetic Forms (Elegy, Ghazal, Blues, Pantoum, etc.) 
  • Confessional & Observational Poetry
  • Prose Poetry
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Publishing, Editing and Submitting Creative Work

Additional Requirements

This course is available to everyone, there are no prerequisites. It counts as an elective course in the Creative Writing Certificate.


Assessment Weight
Discussion & Workshop Participation 20%
Poetry Exercises (5 @ 4% each) 20%
Draft Poems (6 @ 5% each) 30%
Final Portfolio (3 revised poems) 30%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change. 

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Writing Poetry
Remote Instruction
6:30PM to 9:00PM
February 03, 2021 to March 24, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
  • Tyler Pennock
Section Notes

This course will be delivered remotely on Wednesday evenings from February 3, 2021 to March 24, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm EST using CourseLink, your course website, and Zoom for live video conferencing. You will be required to participate in the live conferencing sessions each Wednesday evening.

You will have access to CourseLink on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 to download your course outline and begin your readings to prepare for the first Zoom live session. An orientation will be offered to students on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm EST. Further information will be provided after registration.

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