Program Dates, Times & Details

Session Dates

Session II: August 3-28, 2020
Duration: 4 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: Wednesdays; 6:30 – 8 p.m. EST
Cost: $344
Course Number: 72725

Dates & Deadlines  Registration Information


Course Description:

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. — William Butler Yeats

Spend four weeks this summer learning and exploring the craft of poetry! This course is designed to introduce students to the skills needed to write emotional and expressive poetry. Through the reading of established poets, we will attempt to discern how poetry works. We will pose the questions: What are poems? How do they move? What creative devices do they use? How are poets able to create such brief and immediate emotional experiences? Students will write and share their own poetry in an effort to practice vulnerability and to learn about the revision process. Feel free to find inspiration from other creative modes (e.g. visual arts, music, and film)! And begin to push the boundaries of the written word.


Program & Technology Requirements

Required Technology

  • Reliable internet access
  • Minimally, a laptop with webcam and audio. (Best would be a monitor connected to laptop or desktop)

Faculty Bios

Genevieve Payne

Genevieve Payne is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at Syracuse University. In the last two years, she has taught introductory writing and research courses, a contemporary American literature course, and an introductory poetry workshop. She earned her B.A. in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University in 2013. She writes and studies primarily emotional, lyric poetry that employs sound and image to create texture and tension. Michael Burkard, Robert Creeley, Marie Howe, Terrance Hayes and Mary Ruefle are among her favorite writers. In 2019, she received the Leonard Brown Prize for her poetry.