Poetic Forms | Newberry

Poetic Forms

Led by Beatriz Gartler. 5 sessions, 10 am - noon.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Saturdays, June 9 - July 14 (class will not meet on June 30)

10 am - noon

This seminar has been cancelled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Poetry comes in many forms, with different numbers of lines, rhyme schemes, and lengths of verses, and so forth. In this class we will read, discuss, and practice some of the better known forms, including sonnets, odes, and villanelles. Workshopping of poems will be available. No prior poetry experience required. Five sessions.

Beatriz Gartler has been writing and teaching literature and writing for over 35 years in Chicago and abroad. She is the author of Unveiling the Mind and Mapmaker Revisited, two poetry collections.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter material provided by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.