Online Poetry Classes

The April 27-May 29 session of Writing the Short Poem I and the June 1- July 3 session of Writing the Short Poem II are offered free of charge to the first ten people who contact us who have been laid off or cannot work due to Coronavirus. Please send an email requesting this session and explaining your work situation to northbeachwriters@gmail.com. We would love to accommodate everyone, but must limit the class to 10 participants, first-come, first-served.

Writing the Short Poem with LouAnn Muhm

I took LouAnn’s class on compression in poetry to challenge myself and try writing poetry again, something I hadn’t done in years, having focused on fiction. Her class brought me back to a love of writing poetry. But it did so much more than that. It positively affected every aspect of my life as a writer (a freelance writer by profession, fiction as an avocation). Learning about compression and the vital importance of every word and how to deeply analyze text on a word-by-word basis made me a better writer. I use those skills every day, for poetry, fiction, and for my freelance work. I can’t recommend LouAnn enough as an instructor (and I went on to take subsequent classes from her, each as valuable as the first).” ( quote from class participant Amy C, Rea)

This is a fully online class. There are no in-person meetings.

Writing the Short Poem I (5 weeks): –$150

  • June 8-July 10, 2020: Registration deadline: June 1

Writing the Short Poem II (5 weeks): –$150 (open only to those who have taken session I of this class)

  • June 1-July 3, 2020 Registration deadline: May 20
  • July 13-August 14, 2020 Registration deadline: June 30

Ten spots available in each class , first-come, first served

email northbeachwriters@gmail.com to register
or for more information

Have you been told that your poems read like prose, or that “maybe that poem would work better as a short story”? Do you have trouble deciding what to cut from your rough drafts? One of the characteristics that makes poetry poetic is the compression of language. In this class, we will read and discuss a variety of short poems, practice cutting extraneous language from poems (by others and by you), and think about what kinds of language can (should?) almost always be cut. We will work with your drafts, old and new, and generate new poems with an emphasis on compression and concision. We will explore a variety of short forms as well as concise free verse. The skills practiced in this class will also help with longer poems, and even with tightening up your prose writing.


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Triggering Poetic Inspiration

Where do poem ideas come from? Finding a way to sustain poetry writing beyond those first emotion-driven poems that we just have to write is often the challenge facing poets who have been writing for awhile. Using Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town as inspiration, poets will come out of this class with eight new poems, as well as some new tools for generating inspiration and ideas.

This is a fully online class. There are no in-person meetings.

Triggering Poetic Inspiration I (8 weeks): $250

  • June 15-Aug. 7, 2020Registration deadline: May 30

Ten spots available in each course, first-come, first served


email northbeachwriters@gmail.com to register
or for more information

Click HERE for more detailed information about the class.


Ekphrasis: Poetry Inspired by Art

Looking for inspiration for your poetry? This is the class for you! Poets from John Keats to Rita Dove have written poems responding to art. The formal name for this kind of poetry is Ekphrasis. In this class, the emphasis will be on generating new poems. Each week, prompts from various genres of art will be provided. No special knowledge of art is required—students will write whatever the prompt inspires them to write, whether in direct response to the artwork, or in response to their own ideas and experiences brought up by the artwork. Students will generate from 8-16 new poems, give and receive feedback on the first drafts, and get a start on revising.

This is a fully online class. There are no in-person meetings.

Ekphrasis: Poetry Inspired by Art (8 weeks): $250

  • June 15-Aug. 7, 2020Registration deadline: May 30.

Ten spots available in each course, first-come, first served


email northbeachwriters@gmail.com to register
or for more information

Click HERE for more detailed information about the class.

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