Writing Poetry for Children


Learn how to write poetry for very young readers in this workshop for absolute beginners.


What you can learn.

  • Understand what elements make children fall in love with a poem
  • Write in response to in-class prompts that spark creativity
  • Encounter and experiment with different poetic forms
  • Learn how to listen to children’s poetry to understand how it works

About this course:

Poetry for children is having its moment. Its Golden Age, actually. Teachers, parents, and publishers are hungrier for poetry, not just during National Poetry Month, but all year. Poetry is woven into school curriculum—in science, math, and more. So join the fun! In three hours of lecture, group participation, and individual writing time, you learn the basics of writing poetry for children, play with different forms, and learn to hear children's poetry with new ears.
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