Poetry, it has been said, is a telephone line to the unconscious. In poetry we learn to make wild, unorthodox associations leading to the discovery of new connections. This online poetry writing class will allow you to explore the delights of poetic form and language while learning the basics of the craft.
This online course helps you draft and revise your poetry, sharpens your expertise as a reader, writer, and editor, and encourages you to find your own approach to the art of poetry writing. Six assignments, including a free verse poem, dramatic monologue, nursery rhyme, and sonnet.
Instructor: Jana Harris
Jana Harris teaches the poetry writing sequence for The Writer’s Workshop. She is a novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Her award-winning books include the novel Alaska, a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection. Born in San Francisco and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she worked for six years as director of Writers in Performance at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. She now lives with her husband in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where they raise horses. Ms. Harris teaches the novel writing sequence for The Writer’s Workshop and at the University of Washington where she is editor and founder of Switched-on Gutenberg, one of the first electronic poetry journals of the English-speaking world. Her second novel, The Pearl of Ruby City was released Jana Harris teaches the poetry writing sequence for The Writer’s Workshop. She is a novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist.
Here’s a link to the NPR/KUOW commentary and reading of Jana’s most recent book of poems, YOU HAVEN’T ASKED ABOUT MY WEDDING OR WHAT I WORE
- The Discovery of Poetry by Frances Mayes
My first course in poetry was Jana Harris’s “INTRODUCTION TO POETRY,” through The Writer’s Workshop. Jana provided prompt and extremely helpful feedback on each assignment. The curriculum and reference materials brilliant for a novice. Not only that, within the year of taking Jana’s course, Finishing Line Press accepted by chapbook, “Mourning Dove.” I was stunned. Most poems in that collection were written under her mentoring.
–Mona Lydon-Rochelle, Author of "Mourning Dove"