Build Your Poetry Writing Skills

Build your poetry writing skills working with a published poet in the six-week Advanced Poetry Writing course offered by Writer’s Digest University. The workshop will consist of six one-week sessions, focused on feedback and critique.

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At the beginning of each session, you will submit an original poem to the instructor for review. There will be no lectures, reading assignments or exercises for this workshop, but you’ll receive plenty of tips and reminders along the way. Because you will be expected to submit your work at the beginning of each session, you should have at least three poems ready for submission prior to the class start date, and three more ready to submit at the appropriate time.

The main benefit of this course is that you’ll receive detailed feedback on your writing from an instructor who has spent a career working on the craft and finding publication success. The instructor for the upcoming workshop is Elizabeth Huergo.

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Elizabeth Huergo

Elizabeth Huergo

Huergo was born in Havana and immigrated to the US at an early age as a political refugee. Since receiving her graduate degrees in English from Brown University, she has taught at a number of colleges and universities in Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, Bloom, Large-Hearted Boy, Choice Magazine, Natural Bridge, and Gravity Dancers. Her poetry has been published in I Go to the Ruined Place, Poet’s Domain, Full Circle, In Good Company, and The Poetry Society of Virginia’s annual anthology. Elizabeth’s first novel is The Death of Fidel Pérez (Unbridled Books, 2013). She has recently completed her second, Between Ana and Ella, a contemporary Latina version of The Grapes of Wrath.


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2 thoughts on “Build Your Poetry Writing Skills

  1. adenaAuthor

    It may sound difficult, but do not be afraid to voice your exact feelings. Emotions are what make poems, and if you lie about your emotions it can be easily sensed in the poem. Write them down as quickly as possible, and when you’re done, go through the list and look for connections or certain items that get your creative juices flowing.
    Try to fit into a particular scene you want to write about. For example, if you want to write about nature, try to visit a park or a small forest nearby. The natural scenery may inspire a few lines, even if they’re not perfect.

  2. gzman02

    Been on vacation. Didn’t know this was starting. Any idea when the next one will be?

    I never wrote or read poetry until this year’s poems a day challenge. I haven’t stopped yet. Even started a blog. Looking to learn more.



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