Reading Poems Like A Writer, Writing Prose Like a Poet

Friday, November 14th, from 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

The general public reads poems for meaning and feeling. Writers do the same, but they are also keenly interested in how the poet conveys that meaning and feeling. Geared to writers of any genre and level, this single-session course will teach you to see the myriad and subtle ways a poet shapes a reader's response. Employing an ingenious method devised by poet and pedagogy expert Marie Ponsot, we'll become intimate with two or three contemporary poems and try some spin-offs. No preparation required. You will the leave the class with more confidence in your ability to "get" any poem; more importantly, by studying the poet’s craft, you’ll learn how to employ some of poetry's compression, muscle, and music in whatever you write.


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Leslie Lawrence
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Previous Students Say

  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Study Published Writing
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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