Poetry I: Introduction to Making Poems

Cameron Conaway, Poet

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10 Videos (27m)
    • Introduction

    • Project Overview

    • What is Poetry?

    • Finding Your Theme

    • Finding Your Thread

    • Small Noticings

    • The Literary Toolbox - Part 1

    • The Literary Toolbox - Part 2

    • Begin Your Poem

    • Final Thoughts


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.

54 of 55 students recommendSee All

Great class! Thoroughly enjoyed it and the idea that poems are constructed, not caught by a lucky few as they fall randomly out of the sky. Thanks!
Angelique Noll

Writer and Artist

I really appreciate the 'butterfly method' Conaway devised. It makes the process of getting down to write much less intimidating.
This was brief but It helped me a lot. I'm one of the greatest poet on social media back in Mexico and I was looking for some recommendations to make my poems go under the same theme on my books. I think this course will help everyone interested on writing. The action plan was my favorite tool from this course. I used to meditate before but I've never had the idea to mix meditation with creative writing so that's an amazing idea I'm started to implement. Thanks, Cameron.





Cameron Conaway is an investigative journalist, a Top 50 content marketing influencer, and an award-winning social justice poet. He's also a former MMA fighter.

Conaway is the author of 5 books, including MALARIA, POEMS, which was named a “Best Book of 2014” by NPR, and CHITTAGONG: POEMS & ESSAYS, which was praised by the Child Labor Coalition.

As a journalist, he has received the prestigious Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellowship and been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the International Reporting Project. His work can be found in Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Newsweek, and The Guardian, among others.

Conaway currently serves as the Content Marketing Manager at Klipfolio, a dashboard software company that helps thousands of SMBs and digital marketing leaders measure what matters and continuously monitor the health of their business.  

To contact him, visit: https://www.CameronConaway.com/Contact