POET CAMP Registration


Winter Poems

$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group

*This course is entirely different than “Writing Summer Poems Inspired by Mary Oliver” (Coming soon!)

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go and not be questioned.”

– Maya Angelou

*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 reconnect with the solace and joy that nature can provide, using Mary Oliver’s work for thematic inspiration, instruction, and as a starting point to launch our own poems. Each week, we’ll consider a brief reading by Mary Oliver (a single poem, essay, or prose poem) placed in conversation with equally brief works from kindred spirit poets and writers in other genres. From these readings, we’ll write new poems from a prompt linked to that week’s topic. Every week will also include optional viewing/listening assignments, all inspired by Mary Oliver’s dictum of “Pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it.”
Note: Please plan to have a copy of her anthology, Devotions, for use in this class.

This course is asynchronous. Our weeks in this class run from WEDNESDAY to TUESDAY with lessons posting on WEDNESDAY mornings.
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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