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

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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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This is a good class and it deepen my understanding on how to produce poems by using moments around me.
Great course
I have found this clear, simple introduction very helpful in kickstarting a new poetry project





Born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Cameron Conaway spent nearly a decade training to be a professional mixed martial artist, but while attending college at Penn State Altoona he fell in love with poetry. To him, poetry was as much about mindful living and the radical pursuit of new perspectives as it was about writing.

His studies led him to the University of Arizona’s MFA Creative Writing program, where he served as Poet-in-Residence from 2007-2009.

A few years lat...

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