Online: Zoom

Intro to Poetry

6 Mondays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting February 7th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Do you want to try writing poetry, but don’t know where to start? Do you need to refresh your understanding of the fundamentals of the genre? “Introduction to Poetry” will help you get that new engine going. The main method of this class is learning by doing - diving right into the writing process and giving ourselves permission to play on the page and develop the notes of our distinct poetic voices. Each week we’ll be looking at a batch of poems that explore a poetic strategy, form, or experiment, discuss our findings, and use our discoveries to slingshot ourselves into our own work.
There will be well-scaffolded brainstorming exercises to help you on your way. We’ll also include exercises aimed at silencing our inner critic and instinct to hesitate while writing to help us get out of the way of our own writing processes. Feedback from the instructor and from your classmates on your work will be available. Outside of class, an optional weekly poetry craft podcast episode will be available to listen to that’s hosted by or features some of the writers we’ll be reading in class. Expect work from:
Hanif Abdurraqib, Joy Harjo, Aracelis Girmay, Li-Young Lee, Franny Choi, Shira Erlichman, Jake Skeets, Ross Gay, and many more!

Please note: Class does not meet February 21st. 

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

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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Otto Vock
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Frequent Deadlines"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Revision Assignments
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Poetry

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