Poetry Writing for Non-Poetry Writers

An online writing course focusing on how the techniques of poetry can enhance your prose.

Next class begins Feb. 25, 2020

Poetry might not be your reading or writing genre of choice—and that is fine. But whether you are writing memoir, short stories, novels, personal essays, children’s books, or a hybrid of one or more of these forms, poetic techniques and devices can help you bring precision and polish to your drafts.\
In this course, you will learn about:

  • Imagery, the poet’s bread and butter, and how to make it work harder for you;
  • Metaphor and symbolism, so you can “tell it slant”;
  • Voice, and what we mean when we say the “speaker” vs. the “writer”;
  • Sound and structure, rule-breaking, risk-taking, and play (because yes, poetry can be fun!)
  • Word economy, or how to choose the right and most precise word every time.

Experimenting and deepening your understanding of these hallmarks of poetry can lead to breakthroughs in your writing in other genres. The assigned poems you will study in this course will be accessible and real, and will inspire you to bring musicality, metaphor, and muscle into your writing practice.

For writers of all levels and backgrounds, Director Stacia M. Fleegal designed and leads this course on how to add more po’ to your prose.

Class Schedule

The next PART ONE Poetry Writing for Non-Poetry Writers online writing class begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, and costs $265.

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Your Teacher
stacia fleegal

Stacia M. Fleegal

Stacia M. Fleegal is a poet, essayist, editor, blogger, and the author of two full-length and four chapbook poetry collections. Her poems, nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, have appeared in journals and anthologies such as North American Review, Fourth River, Best of the Net, and many more. Her essays have appeared at Salon, Scary Mommy, Bustle, Blood+Milk, and more. Stacia earned her MFA in Writing from Spalding University.

Stacia’s teaching philosophy is rooted in her desire to help aspiring writers trust their individual voices, focusing on the strengths of the work. Read more.