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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.

61 of 62 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 Illustrator

I really appreciate the 'butterfly method' Conaway devised. It makes the process of getting down to write much less intimidating.





Cameron Conaway is a content marketing leader and a top 50 content marketing influencer. He lives in San Francisco and is the Director of Content at Reflektion.

An award-winning poet, essayist, and international investigative journalist, he's the author of five books, including Malaria, Poems, a Best Book of 2014 by NPR.

Cameron's writing has been submitted for a Pulitzer Prize, nominated for a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in Newsweek, The Guard...

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