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WRITING COURSE: Form and Contemporary Poetry: A Course for Practicing Poets

  • Nomadic Press 2926 Foothill Boulevard Oakland, CA, 94601 United States (map)

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Join Natasha Dennerstein, renowned Bay Area poet, as she leads attendees through her 16-week course, "Form and Contemporary Poetry: A Course for Practicing Poets." The course will run from May 13, 2017, to September 2, 2017, taking place every Saturday from 12-2:00 PM at the Nomadic Press Fruitvale salon space. 

If you are interested, we highly recommended that you apply for the very quick and easy CCF Quick Grant, which will reimburse you for 100% of the class costs under the banner of professional development. Expenses for courses such as this one are reimbursed for up to $600, which means that this course would be free for you, and you may apply for one grant per fiscal year. Apply by April 15, 2017, and find out if your application has been approved by May 12, 2017. To find out more details and apply, please visit

The course is open to all practicing poets (10 people max) regardless of prior formal education. 

For more information, please email Natasha Dennerstein at 


Form and Contemporary Poetry: A Course for Practicing Poets: a 16-week Course by Natasha Dennerstein.

Each week we will examine examples of the form from the canon and discuss the nuts and bolts of composing a poem in that form. After the break, we will workshop examples of student-generated work from the previous week.

Week 1

The Villanelle

Week 2

The Shakespearean Sonnet

Week 3

The Pantoum

Week 4

The Sestina

Week 5

The Haiku/The Tanka/The Haibun

Week 6

The Prose Poem

Week 7

The Ghazal

Week 8

The Syllabic Poem

Week 9

The Ode

Week 10

The Persona Poem

Week 11

The Occasional Poem

Week 12

The Rhymed Poem

Week 13

The Acrostic Poem

Week 14

The Epic Poem

Week 15

The Lyric Poem

Week 16

The Ballad

Later Event: May 16