Event—Adult Education

Inspiration Abounds: Unique Poetic Forms and Subjects


If you've ever wanted to write poetry but didn't know how or where to start, then this class is for you.

A Semicolon: A Totem. From "A brief history of punctuation: poems" by Maurya Simon; calligraphy by Cheryl Jacobsen. 2002. Call number: Wing folio ZPP 2083 .S882

Class Description

Poetry is everywhere and can be anything. Yet sometimes we may feel stuck, uninspired, or too nervous to begin. 

In this six-week generative writing workshop, participants will explore unique forms and subjects of contemporary poetry to jumpstart their writing and realize inspiration really is just about everywhere. We will explore forms and subjects such as ekphrastic poems (poems about art), epistolary poems (poems as letters), ars poeticas (poems about poetry), and more. 

Through the lens of form and subject, we will engage our poetic eyes, hearts, and voices to unearth poetry that is latent all around us. All levels and experiences with writing and reading poetry are welcome!

Michelle Dyer is a writer and teacher originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work has been published in literary journals The Examined Life Journal, The Fourth River, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, among others.

Materials List

  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

First Reading

  • No first reading assignment

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $247 ($220.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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