6 Weeks, 6 Poems: Online

6 weeks online; no live meetings. Class opens on May 1st
Online (WetInk)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Whether you're looking to learn the craft, experiment with various forms, or just produce a bunch of new work, this class offers the opportunity to expand your knowledge of poetry and get writing. We'll explore six different poetry prompts with new forms and subjects to expand our understanding of what a poem can be, do, and say. We'll read examples of published authors' approaches to these prompts, and produce a new draft of a poem each week. To kick off each week’s topic, the instructor will provide a packet of readings and a short lecture, as well as a guiding prompt for the week. We will discuss each other's work and offer questions and feedback to help guide the writer on their way. You will leave the course with fresh drafts of six poems and the insight, inspiration, and knowledge of craft to begin tackling revision.

Readings will include anything from segments of Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey to more contemporary texts and authors like Bianca Stone, Jericho Brown, Nicole Sealey, Danez Smith, Sylvia Plath, Julia Alvarez, Safiya Sinclair, Anna McDonald, Karina van Berkum, CAConrad, Ada Limon, Mark Doty, and more. 

*Please note that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Assignments and deadlines will be given by your instructor. Students will have access to the online class portal starting at 5pm on the first day of class. Instructions for logging onto the online portal will be emailed to registered students before 5pm the first day of class.

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Michael Schermerhorn
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


  • Poetry

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