Innovative Poetic Forms


Learn how a poem's form can elevate its impact as you experiment with and ultimately invent your own forms.

Starting at $720.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Read and discuss formally adventurous work by contemporary poets
  • Experiment with formal elements like sound, repetition, and shape
  • Adapt non-poetic forms of writing into poems of your own making
  • Invent a form based on experiments you complete in class

About this course:

When we approach writing poems, we should distinguish between “pattern” (repetition) and “form” (shape). In this workshop, we boldly seek new forms our poems can take, taking inspiration from contemporary poets who experiment with form and from writing prompts that encourage risky writing. Each week, you workshop poems and discuss ways to incorporate form more centrally in your poetry. You leave the course with all the tools you need to structure your work creatively and innovatively. A familiarity with traditional poetic forms (however slight) is especially helpful for this workshop.

Summer 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
This section has no set meeting times.
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Instructor: Charles Jensen
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Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required. Materials required. 

This online course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required live class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.


Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 17, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

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