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Adventures in Poetic Forms

Adventures in Poetic Forms is a seven-week generative workshop during which poets will write six poems, each in a different form. Forms explored will be a mix of older (sonnet) and newer (docupoetics). As a class, we’ll analyze and synthesize examples of each poetic form and then discuss strategies to make them our own. The following week, we’ll workshop each other’s explorations in each form. In this way, each class is split between learning about a new poetic form, and workshopping each other’s poems. The class will culminate in a poetry reading in which students share their favorite work from the class. A basic understanding of poetry and poetic vocabulary is preferred but not required.

Instructor: Danny Caine is the author of the poetry collections Continental Breakfast, El Dorado Freddy's, ​Flavortown, and Picture Window, as well as the book How to Resist Amazon and Why. His poetry has appeared in The Slowdown, ​LitHub, DIAGRAM, Hobart, and Barrelhouse, and his prose has appeared in LitHub and Publishers Weekly. The Midwest Independent Booksellers Association awarded him the 2019 Midwest Bookseller of the Year award. He's a co-owner of the Raven Book Store, Publishers Weekly's 2022 bookstore of the year.

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Details: Adventures in Poetic Forms takes place Thursdays January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, (no class on February 23) , March 2, March 9, and March 16 from 6:30-8:30pm in-person at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood OH 44107.


Prerequisite: Emerging level or all levels poetry course.

Genre: Poetry

Level: Intermediate

Format: Craft talk with generative writing outside of class and reading and feedback during class.


Location: This class takes place in-person at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood OH 44107.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with an advanced level poetry workshop.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email info@litcleveland.org.
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