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Intro to Poetry: Online

6 weeks online; no live meetings. Portal opens April 24th
Online (WetInk)
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Level: Introductory
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Do you want to try writing poetry? Do you need to refresh your understanding of the fundamentals of the genre? If you have an unpredictable schedule, travel often, or live outside the Boston area, this online course is the perfect fit for your modern lifestyle. “Introduction to Poetry” will teach you a slew of essential poetry techniques all from the comfort of your own desk--at any time that’s convenient for you! This class will focus on a different craft topic and/ or poetic form each week-long session, and will familiarize students with contemporary, as well as canonized, poets. Specifically, you’ll receive:

  • A weekly craft talk focusing on an aspect of writing poetry
  • A weekly exercise to sharpen your skills
  • Group workshopping of poetry written by you and your classmates
  • Individualized critique of your poetry by the instructor
  • Discussion of published poems and craft essays by authors such as Clint Smith, Maggie Nelson, Danez Smith, Jennifer Maritza McCauley, Ocean Vuong, and William Carlos Williams

By the end, you’ll not only be versed in the fundamentals, but you’ll walk away with six new poems, as well as invaluable feedback for revision.

*Note that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Assignments will be given on a weekly basis. 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.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To find out more, check out our scholarships page. To apply for a scholarship, click the 'APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP' button above.

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Jonathan Escoffery
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Generate New Work
  • Get Feedback
  • Craft Lessons


  • Poetry

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