English 2307 Beginning Creative Writing Poetry Schedule

Week 1:          Topic: Orientation

Discussion Board 1: Introductions

Poems and comments by Liliana Valenzuela

Poems and comments by Christopher Jon Heuer

Week 2:           Topic: Landscape Poem

Mini-Lecture: In the Beginning Is the Image

Mini-Lecture: Poems Should Be Seen and Heard

Poems and comments by Michael McGriff

Poems and comments by Larry Thomas

Poetry Gym: Imagery and Figures of Speech

Discussion Board 2

Workbook Exercises

Due:   I am/List Poem


Week 3:           Topic: Family Poem

Mini-Lecture: Word Values

Mini-Lecture: Diction

Poems and comments by Natalie Diaz

Poems and comments by Chase Twitchell

Poetry Gym: Literal and Figurative Language

Discussion Board 3

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem One: Landscape Poem

One-On-One Meetings On-Line


Week 4:           Topic: Letter Poem

Mini-Lecture: Who’s Speaking to Whom?

Poems and comments by Bill Berkson

Poems and comments by Natalie Diaz

Poetry Gym: Point of View

Discussion Board 4

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem Two: Family Poem


Week 5:           Topic: Revision 1

Mini-Lecture: Metaphorical Thought 1

Mini-Lecture: Metaphorical Thought 2

Mini-Lecture: Figurative Language: Tropes

Poems and comments by Brian Turner

Poetry Gym: Language You Use, Language You Choose

Discussion Board 5

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem Three: Letter Poem


Week 6:           Topic: Ekphrastic Poem

Mini-Lecture: Enjambment 1

Mini-Lecture: Enjambment 2

Mini-Lecture: Meter, Line, and Feet

Poems and comments by Larry Thomas

Poetry Gym: Line and Enjambment

Discussion Board 6

Workbook Exercises

Due: Revision of a Poem: 1-3.


Week 7:           Topic: Myth Poem

Mini-Lecture: Rhymes and Rhythms

Poems and comments by Mark Jarman

Poems and comments by Alurista

Poetry Gym: Rhythm I

Discussion Board 7

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem Four: Ekphrastic Poem


Week 8:           Topic: History Poem

Mini-Lecture: You and the House of Poetry

Poetry Mind Map

Poems and comments by Dave Parsons

Poems and comments by Raul Salinas

Poetry Gym: Rhythm II

Discussion Board 8

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem Five: Myth Poem


Week 9:           Topic: Revision 2

Mini-Lecture: Tension Points for Poets

Poems and comments by Camile Dungy

Poetry Gym: Poetry Out Loud

Discussion Board 9

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem Six: History Poem


Week 10:         Topic: Poems in Form: Ghazel

Mini-Lecture: Ted Hughes, Alliteration, and Old English

Poems and comments by Jessica Piazza

Poetry Gym: Poetry Gym: Assonance, Consonance, Alliteration

Discussion Board 10

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem in Performance

Due: Revision of a Poem: 4-6


Week 11:         Topic: Poems in Form: Sonnets

Mini-Lecture: Rhyme

Mini-Lecure:  Following the Rules

Poems and comments by Jessica Piazza

Poetry Gym: Rhyme I

Discussion Board 11

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem Seven: Ghazel


Week 12:         Topic: Open Choice

Mini-Lecture: Rhyme, Quaint and Contemporary

Poems and comments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Poetry Gym: Rhyme II

Discussion Board 12

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem Eight Sonnet


Week 13:         Topic: Mentor Poet

Mini-Lecture: The Poet’s Bookcase

Workbook Exercises

Discussion Board 13

Due: Mentor Poet Presentation

Due: Poem Nine: Open Choice


Week 14:         Topic: Revision 3

Discussion Board 14

Workbook Exercises

Due: Poem Ten: Poem to Mentor Poet


Week 15:         Topic: Submitting Poems

Discussion Board 15

Workbook Exercises

Due: Revision of a Poem: 7-10


Week 16:         Topic: Wrap Up

Due:  Porfolio

Submission to Rio Review





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About lymangrant

Lyman Grant is a professor of creative writing and humanities at Austin Community College. He has work at ACC since 1978. He is the author or editor of two textbooks, two books relating to Texas literature, three volumes and a chapbook of poetry. Recently he traveled the United States for a year in a 34-foot RV 5th wheel trailer with his wife and two younger sons.