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Poet's Classroom

In August 2008, we posted our first installment of the Poet's Classroom series. Violet Nesdoly was our first paid columnist, providing us with monthly columns until June 2010. In August 2010, Susan Plett took up the post of monthly columnist, continuing until August 2011. As of September 2011, we are unsure of the future of this series.

The Poet's Classroom columns were provided exclusively for Utmost Christian Writers, and are made available freely for online reading.

These columns may not be used elsewhere without the written consent of the copyright holders.

Poet's Classroom Sessions:

Finding Your Voice: Part 2 August 1, 2011

Finding Your Voice: Part 1 July 2011

Making Music With Your Words June 2011

Lean Into the Heat May 2011

Lose Your Favorite Lines April 2011

Whatever Gets You to the Page March 2011

Dinner With a Poet February 2011

The Power of the Sustained Metaphor January 2011

You Can't Teach Poetry? December 2010

Add to the Beauty November 2010

Present Tense and the Poet October 2010

Your Reader is Your Creative Partner September 2010

Titling Your Work August 2010

Capture Your Summer with an Ode June 2010

Inject New Life Into Poems of Faith May 2010

Writing Poetry of the Spirit April 2010

Pantoum—A Dance With Words March 2010

The Sonnet—a little marvel of poetry February 2010

Shorter, Shortest January 2010

Short December 2009

The Villanelle November 2009

The Sound of a Poem October 2009

Assigned Reading for Poets September 2009

Handcraft Those Lines August 2009

Nature Poetry July 2009

How to Find the Poetry Contest that is Best for You June 2009

Poems for Mom May 2009

Read Me a Poem April 2009

Transform Your Stories into Poems March 2009

Poetic Voice Lessons: Lesson Two February 2009

Poetic Voice Lessons: Lesson One January 2009

Write a Christmas Poem December 2008

Give Poetry for Christmas November 2008

Research: Dietary Supplement for your Poems October 2008

Accessible Poetry and Poets September 2008

Who'd Want to Read Your Poems? August 2008