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Poetry I: Introduction to Making Poems

Cameron Conaway, Writer

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10 Videos (27m)
    • Introduction

      0:52
    • Project Overview

      1:03
    • What is Poetry?

      1:28
    • Finding Your Theme

      3:32
    • Finding Your Thread

      2:14
    • Small Noticings

      4:01
    • The Literary Toolbox - Part 1

      5:33
    • The Literary Toolbox - Part 2

      4:28
    • Begin Your Poem

      2:53
    • Final Thoughts

      1:03
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About This Class

This class is not about theory or the history of poetry; it’s about how you can start writing quality poems in as short a time as possible.

Cameron Conaway, award-winning poet and journalist, breaks down the myths surrounding what poetry is, who can make it, and how it’s made. He guides us through “the butterfly method,” his own unique process for how to make a poem. This process is at the heart of how he wrote all of his books, including Malaria, Poems, which was one of only four poetry collections named to NPR’s Best Books of 2014 list.

If you’ve wanted to write poetry but felt intimidated or confused, this class is for you. By the end of the class you will have written five poems, all linked by a particular theme you care deeply about, and you’ll be well on your way to putting your first book together.

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CAMERON CONAWAY is the author of six books, including Malaria, Poems, an NPR Best Book of 2014. Of the book, NPR wrote: “In the spirit of social consciousness, Cameron Conaway does the work of calling our attention.” He is a recipient of the 2016 Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative Fellowship, an honor given to one journalist each year, and his work has appeared in publications such as Newsweek, ESPN, The Guardian, Reuters, NPR, Forbes, The Washington Post, Harvard Bu...

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