Friday, February 8, 2013

Online Writing Class for National Poetry Month

I've decided to offer a 100% online poetry class for National Poetry Month this year. I've been wanting to put together a free-standing online class for quite a while now, and I'm finally giving it a try!

As most of you know, I teach online every quarter at Edmonds Community College, so I have a lot of experience in the distance learning format. The difference, of course, is that this class is completely independent of any college or other educational program.

Below is a description of the class and information on how to register.


Celebrate National Poetry Month by treating yourself to an affordable online poetry writing class with a helpful, down-to-earth instructor. Learn to write poems from the comfort of your home through a supportive, accessible online workshop. No previous experience with poetry writing or online classes required.

The course instructor, Amanda Laughtland, is a published poet with an MFA in English from the University of Washington. A trained and experienced online teacher, Amanda makes online learning a friendly, easy experience. For more about Amanda and to read samples of her published work, see

Students will write four poems over the course of one month (April 1-30) and receive constructive feedback from the instructor as well as other students. We'll also read a variety of published poetry and do freewriting exercises each week to generate ideas for poems. Students will receive instruction in free verse poetry, with emphasis on techniques like imagery, line breaks, repetition, and voice.

Limit of 12 students. Cost: $50. To sign up for this class, please use the following link to submit payment via PayPal:

Note: When submitting payment, please indicate if you prefer to use a different email address for your participation in the class than the email attached to your PayPal account.


If you'd tell anyone who might be interested about this class and/or if you're willing to share this info via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc, I'd be very grateful! Also, if anyone has questions, please do send me an email (or feel free to comment on this blog post).


wendy lee lynds said...

I am so thrilled to have this resource from such a wonderful poet and teacher....okay, and friend, too!

Rebeka said...

What a great opportunity!!!

Amanda Laughtland said...

Thanks, Wendy and Rebeka, for your support! :)