Jump Start Poetry: Learn to Write--and Appreciate--All Forms of Poetry

Cindy Frank
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(565)
In this 4-week multi-session course learners will both learn the key elements of poetry and poetic forms and gain the confidence to write meaningful poetry themselves.

Class Experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Advanced Level
Learners will gain the skills both to write excellent and individualistic poetry in myriad formats.
*Will gain confidence in both creativity and organization
*Understand all the basic ideas of communication through poetry
* To  learn to communicate effectively,  think adroitly and respond fluently in writing
*To improve memory retention and organizational skills in crafting poetry
*To expand vocabulary and word usage and phrasing
*To gain deeper understanding of the nuances of poetry
As a former book publishing professional who worked at Knopf, Random House, and Workman Publishing, I am proud to have taught AP Language and Composition and trained for teaching AP Literature class with a key focus on poetry. Moreover, and in my longtime work as both tutor and teacher of both middle and high school students, I  have guided writers of all ages and abilities  to give each communicator the skills to think deeply, to cultivate an individual voice and style, and ultimately to discover true confidence to write well now and for always. 
Homework Offered
Learners will be required to read an short poems for each of the four classes. In addition, each session has homework assignments that include writing specific types of poetry, reading out loud. Every homework assignment receives a nuanced and detailed written response from me.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
All student work will be formally assessed with detailed written comments for maximum understanding and growth. Student work will always be returned in a timely manner prior to the next class so students will be able to absorb information to benefit their work and progress on the upcoming assignments. Please note: At the end of the sessions, if a formal written assessment of a learner is desired, I am happy to provide it. Please write and ask me directly.
Grades Offered
0No book purchase is necessary for this class-- all reading assignments will be sent via either link or pdf prior to each session. 
The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Learner
A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
How to Read Poetry Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster 

Note: While all of these books are referenced during sessions, there are no book purchases necessary for this class.

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Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(565)
Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

*Classes limited to 6 students--all have a voice in the classroom
* All classes taught, written, and created by me for my learners
*Each session a full 55 minutes of... 
Group Class


weekly or $125 for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 12-17
3-6 learners per class

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