Writing Poetry for Children


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

Remote Instruction
As few as 1 day

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. It's 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 will learn the basics of writing poetry for children, play with different forms, and learn to hear children's poetry with new ears.

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Wait List
Saturday 10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: April Halprin Wayland
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Enrollment limited to 15 students. Early enrollment advised. Internet access required.

To support our writing community during the developing Covid-19 situation, the Writers’ Program will be offering this one-day Summer quarter course for FREE.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Sat Jun 27, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
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