POET CAMP Registration


Natural Wonder:

– PART 1 –
$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group

In this class, we’ll focus on the necessity of wonder and close observation to the poet and the scientist alike.

*Self guided courses do not list a start date because they are on your schedule! Once you select the Writer’s Group option, I’ll put you in touch with your group to determine a start date which works best for everyone. Sign up for the independent option and set your own start date. Writer’s Group courses run 9 weeks and Independent Poets have 8 weeks from enrolling to complete the course.

In this class, we’ll focus on the necessity of wonder and close observation to the poet and the scientist alike. We’ll read and write poems of the universe and the atom, tides and tectonic plates, and we’ll consider the many ways we can explore and expand our metaphors through a different scientific field each week, all the while marveling at the intricacy and interconnectedness of life on our planet. We’ll read one or two model poems a week by Ross Gay, Jennifer Chang, Carla Duan, Rita Dove, Marie Howe and many others. We’ll also consider very short essays by Brian Doyle, Robert Macfarlane, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Matthew Devin Frank, and other brief works from Orion, Ecotone, Flyway and Fourth River, along with a few supplemental readings/listening/watching links. By the end of class you’ll have several fresh drafts, and a map into new ways to wonder through poetry.

*Can be taken independently of Part 2 (Materials are different in each course.)

Please use the address where you’d prefer to receive any event related content such as self-enrollment links, Zoom registration invitations, or pdfs with anchor texts and/or prompts.

Please note below if you’d like to join a class which will give peer feedback in a writer’s group format (no instructor feedback for this course), or prefer to take it independently.

NOTE: No worries if you’d like feedback but don’t have a group you write with – I can matchmake you with a group. If you have a group already formed and would like to take it together, please note that in the “notes” field at the bottom of this form.

Writer's group private course (group critiques and feedback) *min. 4 members - $275
Independent course, no feedback - $225

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