Poetry I: Introduction to Making Poems Premium class

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.

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Stupendous course, I hope more parts are on their way.
Simon Håkansson

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Cameron's process unlocked personal areas of creativity I didn't know existed.
I recommend this course for people who want to write poetry more consistently. As an and off again poet, Cameron Conaway offers a method and process for tapping into your "poetry mind". I was never taught this in school and kind of just winged it. This course will provide some structure.





Cameron Conaway is a former MMA fighter and the author of 4 books of poetry, including Malaria Poems, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR, and Chittagong, which was praised by the Child Labor Coalition. Conaway served as the 2007-2009 Poet-in-Residence at the University of Arizona, and has taught poetry both nationally and internationally.

As a journalist, he has received the 2015 Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellowship and been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Conaway lives in Philadelphia, where he leads content marketing at Flow, a task management app used by teams at Tesla Motors, PayPal, and Harvard University, among others. 

Connect with Cameron by joining his tribe at CameronConaway.com.