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.
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?
- 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.