Structured But Wild Poetry Intensive

$100.00 one time payment

Grades: 10th-12th

Live class: No live class

Course dates: June 3rd-June 28th

Price: $100

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

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Course Description

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Structured but Wild is a 4-week intensive workshop focused on reading and writing formally structured poems that nonetheless startle, amaze, unsettle, and inspire. We will discover how structure can be exciting and fresh and learn the guidelines of rhythm and meter before we inhabit them (and sometimes break them). We will focus on multiple sonnet forms and villanelles, with other minor formats addressed. This class is appropriate for high-schoolers as well as parents and adults; I have offered it as a general audiences/adult education course in other venues. This summer, I am offering parents the opportunity to audit the course for free along with their high schooler’s full enrollment! In addition, this intensive is a great AP Literature knowledge booster.

Course Structure

This workshop will include:

• Weekly short video lectures (40-60 minutes each). These lectures will focus on topics such as: poetic form, poetic meter and rhythm, strategies for creating strong poetic structures, and in-depth analysis of the strategies employed by the poets we discuss.

• 2-4 weekly poems to read and (suggested) discuss in our online forum. All poem content will be provided by the instructor; no text purchases are necessary. Poets studied will include but not be limited to: E. E. Cummings, Elizabeth Bishop, Maxine Kumin, Robert Hayden, Theodore Roethke, W. H. Auden, Karen Volkman, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Marllyn Hacker, and more. Analysis discussion questions will be provided each week as well.

• Two poetry writing projects per week, including suggested (but not mandatory) prompts. Participants may choose to submit one or two responses per week for instructor feedback. There are no final grades in this workshop, but detailed instructor feedback will be provided on every submission.

• Regular peer feedback. Participants are encouraged to complete weekly discussion of peer work in our online forum.

Who should enroll?

10th-12th graders.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

There are no final grades in this workshop, but detailed instructor feedback will be provided on every submission. Participants are encouraged to complete weekly discussion of peer work in our online forum; there will be regular peer feedback as well.


An application is not necessary to join this course; you may register at your convenience. I will contact parents within 1-2 days of their registration being processed. Weekly check-in emails will be sent to both parents and students.


Required Texts

None; I will link to all works we will study.


  1. Adrienne Keller

    Thank you for mentoring me in a new way of thinking about and attempting structured poetry. Here are my personal biggest takeaways:
    1. Don’t use unnecessary words just to make the scan work;
    2. Keep the order and syntax natural;
    and probably the biggest:
    3. Use details, specific imagery to build to and justify your thought or insight.
    Your video lectures are very informative and I have also learned from your style of reading structured poetry. Just before writing this, I read Willa Cather’s poem, Aftermath, and thought how much greater my enjoyment of it is for having taken your short course.

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Instructor Bio

Lili Serbicki, Aim Academy English Teacher

Lili Serbicki

Mrs. Serbicki is an experienced Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English instructor with a background in writing, media, and editing. She has been an online English instructor for Aim Academy since 2011. Over the past few years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won over 15 Silver Keys and 11 Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Mrs. Serbicki is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. From 2009-2011 she served as the Web/Sales Coordinator for WTOV9, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, OH.  Her work included managing web traffic, designing and writing copy for web ads and creating effective commercial scripts. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing.

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