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(Online) Free Verse, Lyric Poetry, Narrative Poetry (Poetry II) with Ron Salisbury

Please note: Though this class is offered as part of the Certificate in Poetry, there is no pre-requisite to join this class. All students, members, and nonmembers are encouraged to enroll.

In this workshop, students will expand upon what they learned in Poetry One about the history of poetry written today and the beginning toolbox of poetry techniques. The focus of this workshop is the expansion of poetry techniques through the exploration of contemporary poetry types, poem techniques and the identity of different creative approaches.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will have:

Explored the elements of free verse.
Defined the difference between the lyric and the narrative poem.
Considered the composite poem in light of our current society.
Practiced different poem endings.
Examined your poetic creative tendencies.
Read and analyzed two poetry books.

Week 1
Introduction to Poetry Two, review tips for evaluating a book of poetry, poem critique, workshop etiquette. What is free verse? In-class writing prompt.
Homework: begin to pick/order your books. Take home writing prompt.

Week 2
What is lyric poetry? How does it differ from narrative?
Read and critique class workshop.

Week 3
The narrative poem and the composite poem.
Read and critique class workshop.

Week 4
How do poems end? In-class writing prompt.
Read and critique class workshop.

Week 5
Your chakra—image, diction and rhetoric.
Read and critique class workshop

Each participant will choose one book of poetry and one poetry craft book and submit, by week 5, a one to two page analysis of the book and its value, or not, to the individual’s poetry writing. Poem prompts will be given each week with the anticipation that the participants will generate new work. Participants are expected to actively participate in the read and critique portions of the workshop.

$725 (20% discount instead of taking these five courses separately!) if you buy all five Poetry classes at once. This discount is only good for members.

If you purchased these classes separately the price would be $900.

(More info on certificate at website)

You will be emailed the Zoom link 24 hours before the start of class. If you sign up less than 24 hours before the start of the class, please email Kristen at for your link.


$180 Members | $216 Nonmembers

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