Poetry Education

Online courses in poetry, including Open Yale Courses, The Writing University Open Courses, and edX.

Advice on How to Sell Poetry
Published poet Neile Graham offers a useful basic overview of manuscript formatting, submission etiquette, and researching markets for your work.

Loft Classes
Adult, youth, and online classes given by The Loft of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (Coursera)
ModPo is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary US poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly “difficult.”

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
An intimate lakeside setting with award-winning authors and teachers to practice the arts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Applications and registrations are processed first-come, first-served basis. Workshops will be closed at 12 participants. A writing sample in the genre you are applying for must be submitted unless you are applying in a genre for a workshop that you’ve previously attended at the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference.

Modern Poetry (Open Yale Courses)
This course covers the body of modern poetry, its characteristic techniques and concerns. The authors discussed include Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Moore, Bishop, and Frost. Additional lectures on the poetry of WWI and the Harlem Renaissance.

Water~Stone Review Summer Writing Workshop
Write. Restore. Engage. Experience all of this and more at our intensive residential retreat set on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. At the Water~Stone Review Summer Writing Workshop, you will experience a deep immersion in the process and craft of writing with nationally known authors in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students can choose to commute to class each day or stay on St. Olaf’s picturesque campus. Those who stay on campus can use their free time to write, read, explore Northfield, and socialize.

How Writers Write Poetry (The Writing University Open Courses)
An interactive course that presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen contemporary poets writing in English. Craft topics include appropriation, meter, constraints, sound, mindfulness, and pleasure. 

Poetry: What It Is, and How to Understand It (Udemy)
This course will attempt to define the genre of poetry, to discuss its particular attributes and difficulties, and to isolate the sorts oftruths that poetry seems best at conveying. Our focus will be on modern poetry, in English and in translation.

The Art of Poetry (edX)
The art of poetry gives pleasure and invites knowledge. This course is based on a conviction that the more you know about an art, the more pleasure you will find in it.

Poetry in America: The Poetry of Early New England (edX)
This course, the first installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, covers American poetry in cultural context through the year 1700. We begin with Puritan poets—some orthodox, some rebel spirits—who wrote and lived in early New England.

Poetry in America: Nature and Nation, 1700-1850 (edX)
This course spans the poetry of America’s early years and examines the creation of a national identity through the lens of an emerging national literature.

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