Demystifying Poetry: How to Use Lyrical Language for More Powerful Creative Writing | Hanif Abdurraqib | Skillshare

Demystifying Poetry: How to Use Lyrical Language for More Powerful Creative Writing

Hanif Abdurraqib, Writer

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8 Videos (47m)
    • Introduction

      1:35
    • Poetic Language

      8:31
    • Abstract Poetry

      8:51
    • Narrative Poetry

      9:11
    • Lyric Essay

      9:23
    • Live Reading

      7:40
    • Closing

      1:06
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About This Class

Looking to become a more expressive writer? Harness the power of poetic language to connect with readers and craft your most compelling work yet.

No matter your genre of choice, using beautiful, carefully crafted language is the foundation of creative writing. Join writer and poet Hanif Abdurraqib to learn how you can draw from different types of poetry to craft work that reflects your true voice, every time you sit down to write. Drawing from examples of his own and others’ writing, Hanif teaches you how to identify and craft language that connect with readers every time. Key lessons include:

  • Types of poetry you can use in your work
  • Narrative tricks to build story structure
  • Writing exercises to strengthen your work

Whether your focus is personal essays or literary fiction, every writer can benefit from the study of poetic language. This class will give you a tool to reach for every time you write — helping you break down the barriers of genre, connect with your reader, and write the meaningful work you’ve always imagined.

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Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Pri...

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