I'm excited to offer a variety of online poetry courses through Writers.com and Writing Workshops Dallas. All courses are fully online, and students can work according to their own schedules to meet weekly workshop deadlines:
- Poetry I Online @ Writing Workshops Dallas. This 8-week intro/intermediate course is designed to help students become better readers and writers of poetry. Each week we'll discuss craft elements (drawing primarily from The Poet's Companion) and look at a wide sampling of published work (drawing from The Oxford Book of American Poetry and some online sources). The main focus, though, will be on in-depth workshopping of student poems. Each student will have four opportunities for workshop (two poems each time) and will receive detailed feedback from the instructor and their classmates. A one-on-one Skype consultation with the instructor is included. Next session begins: TBD
- "Machines Made Out of Words": An Introduction to the Craft of Poetry @ Writers.com. This 8-week intro course is based on William Carlos Williams's idea that a poem is a "machine made out of words." The goal is to help students learn to become literary mechanics: to take a poem apart, figure out what makes it tick, and put it back together more efficiently than before. Next session begins: July/August 2018
- Crafting Your Collection: Next Steps in Poetic Craft @ Writers.com. This 8-week intermediate/advanced course is built around creating a chapbook, or short poetry collection. It is recommended for students who have taken at least one previous poetry workshop. Next session begins: October 4, 2018.
- The Literary Essay @ Writers.com. Lyrical, exploratory, wide-ranging, often funny, often devastating, the literary essay uses everything in the writer’s toolbox to create something as beautiful and memorable as the best fiction and poetry. In this 10-week course, we’ll closely examine the craft of literary essays—what makes the most moving essays work, and how we can incorporate their techniques into our own pieces. We’ll explore a wide range of subjects and styles, from conventional literary essays to literary journalism to hybrid/experimental forms like lyric essays, flash nonfiction, and essays in verse. Next session begins January 2019.