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Online writing courses through the Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing are conducted in affordable five-week sessions and are offered year-round, with summer and holiday breaks. In Poetry Writing's virtual classroom, learn to write in and between the lines, from anywhere in the world.


Writing poetry is as much about what lives between the lines as what the lines themselves tell us.

What’s the difference between poetry and prose? Other writers have to let the margins of the paper dictate where their lines begin and end. Poets are free to choose. But what a difference! Poets enjoy the same range of literary devices – imagery, metaphor, voice, allusion, tone – but they also get to use line breaks to shape and layer the meaning of their words.

Learn how in this online course that demystifies the poetry writing process. In five short weeks you will…

  • use step-by-step exercises to transform original prose into original verse;
  • wield poetic elements like syllables, rhythm, rhyme, stanzas and – of course! – line breaks to expand your poetic horizons;
  • read selected poems to discover how great poets from Shakespeare to Gwendolyn Brooks employ the rich treasury of poetic devices;
  • get supportive feedback from your instructor and classmates that will help you craft past, present and future poems…

all in a safe space where you can experiment and grow with an instructor who believes poetry is as much about taking risks and breaking rules as it is about following them.

If you want to write poetry, “get in line” for this class right away. It’s a refreshing and insightful approach to a centuries-old tradition that belongs to everyone. Including – and especially – you. One line at a time! Taught by Stacia M. Fleegal.




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