Course Title: Connecting with Poetry

Description: Poetry gives authors an opportunity to explore writing  in smaller forms and creative styles. This course is designed for those exploring poetry or new to poetry with the aim of revealing its accessibility and universality. With examples from contemporary poets from around the world, the course highlights the joy of playing with words and using words as a means of connection.

Faculty: Miriam Calleja Shaw



Lesson Theme



6:30 -8:00pm CDT

Embracing Creativity

Introductions and setting expectations for the course.

Craft talk – Honing in on Creativity

Generative writing.


6:30 -8:00pm CDT

The Writing Practice I

Discussion – How do we write? What is a writing practice?

Generative “blank page” exercises that can be used to establish a writing practice.

Using research for themed writing and writing for prompts



The Writing Practice II

Generative “blank page” exercises continued with a focus on the etiquette of publishing. An overview on writing in form.



Editing and critiquing

Tips on editing one’s work and providing critique on others’ pieces and time for practice.



The Submission Process

Tips on creating a bio statement and cover letter. Making our writing clear.

Opportunities for teens.  Useful resources. Time for questions.

How to prepare work for submission to journals or competitions.



Performing Poetry

A craft talk about performance, time for practice and students’ final sharing.