Aug 22, 2016
Wonderful, learning about writing poetry here is IT! I will always use this to go forward and once in a while come back to freshen up. Thank you, there's nothing else out there like this class!
Nov 02, 2015
I have learned so much and I love D's energy and the avid participation of the other students. Will definitely pass on what I've learned. Can't wait for more courses like this in the future! :)
創建者 Alden B•
Mar 05, 2018
I found the course both interesting and helpful. I had always shied away from formal poetic forms, preferring free verse, but I really enjoyed writing the crown cinquain. In fact, after I wrote in that form, I also wrote a sestina (though not as part of the course). I used to be involved in theatre, and I recall how structural limitations often stimulated creative solutions; I made the same discovery when working within poetic limitations. I found most of the suggestions from other readers quite helpful and believe that they enabled me improve the poems that I submitted. The course was structured well, and the video lectures were clear. I thought the prompts were good. The only thing the course lacked was feedback from a professional poet (the teacher), but I understand that the volume of work and the finances would militate against personal attention. Thanks for the course.
創建者 Kajol B•
Oct 18, 2015
Peer reviews can be a gamble. But the professor is excellent. Helpful to get started with poetry or get over writer's block.
創建者 farhat f•
Aug 31, 2017
The video lessons in this course were not only enjoyable but also extremely enlightening. They were just the right length. I especially found the videos on revision very helpful.
Evaluations of Peer Assignments weren't all that satisfactory though
創建者 Dr.Halowine C•
Jun 29, 2016
It is a riveting
創建者 Ian B•
Aug 02, 2017
Great course to learn the fundamentals of poetry writing. I wish I was held to more of a deadline, as most prompts didn't need to be turned in, and thus I wasn't able to benefit from feedback or criticism, but on the whole this is a great class and worth the time if you're looking to learn how to put a poem together effectively.
創建者 Vinyas M•
May 11, 2016
Course was great with very nice prompts.
The only issue I had was with scoring. Since this was mainly a workshop more emphasis should've been given to feedback of an assignment rather than scoring points. Sometimes readers of a poem might not be able to grasp what the author intended and cause the student to fail the assignment,
創建者 Raj K B•
Nov 21, 2016
Very interesting course; the only issue I had was with the students grading each other's poems. I would have preferred the teacher or the mentors to be grading them since they are presumably well versed with the art of poetry and the various techniques involved in their creation. While the grading process might enhance the learning of the students, it should not come at the cost of one's grades due to the obvious limitations or biases of the student graders.
創建者 trish d•
Sep 02, 2015
Gently entertaining introduction to writing poetry with some good examples and advice.
創建者 Benedick G•
Jul 07, 2016
Very fun instructor.
The peer review as a workshop is perfect.
I just wish that there are more poems to study and that it's longer or it has a continuation.
創建者 Meher A•
Oct 25, 2017
The revision process was the most frustrating and challenging part of this course. I felt that more instruction could have been provided on this process such as providing extra readings, especially on how to tell when your work is done/revised. The rhythm section was also very confusing and attempted to cram together a lot of information in one section so the course could do with being more evenly paced, rather than introducing us to complex concepts all at once. Overall though, for a course that is available for free, this was a great resource for someone interested in writing poetry. It was engaging, especially yhe videos, and inspiring, especially the poems that were used. It also made me more aware of the tools that a poet can use to make their poems better. Thank you so much!
創建者 Faithlynn C•
Dec 01, 2015
I really enjoyed this course. Although I wish there had been more practices to instill the firm knowledge of what the content was. Computer flashcards, or even extra little quizzes in each lesson would have been nice. Other than that, great course, great teacher, and great content! Thank you!
創建者 Niharika B•
Oct 08, 2015
I am finding it really interesting and helpful. :)
創建者 Eyal G•
Aug 19, 2015
Great teacher and great content BUT I just wish that it would have been more abundant with information. it seemed for times maybe too short.
創建者 Xhanti M•
Nov 19, 2015
創建者 E.m. T•
Jun 11, 2016
The course itself is amazing. I learned so much. I used to only write prose poetry and thanks to this course I was able to write different forms. Besides the mentors' give such great comments and they are always eager to help. Also the professor is funny and choose really good poems to analyse.
The only thing that was a pity is that people post their work, but few people want to actively comment on other people's poetry. It is not as participative as it could be. However, some workshops to comment to get comments.
All in all, truly amazing course!
創建者 Guillemette A•
Sep 14, 2015
Very nice course, with interesting material, taught in a witty and engaging manner, and pretty good prompts. I had a very nice experience!
創建者 Sanelisiwe E M•
Feb 13, 2017
This course truly opened my eyes on the importance of revision, I recommend this course not only for budding poets but even for those who have never attempted poetry. You will learn a great deal.
創建者 Susan W•
Jun 06, 2016
I enjoyed the ideas, but the peer feedback was less than helpful.
創建者 Trish S•
Oct 17, 2015
Very interesting and thought provoking. I found the instructor amusing.
創建者 Doug P•
Nov 25, 2015
Overall felt it to be an excellent course. A refresher in some areas and mind expander in others. Has been decades since taxing my brain so. Had a few browser issues but it all worked out. Some of the prompts were interesting and quite a challenge. Compliments to the chefs...
創建者 Swikrit K•
Jul 10, 2019
Sometimes waiting for reviewing other peoples work takes a while if enough other students aren't at the same stage as you. Maybe an alternative solution for this would be to have more then two students review a luck someone's work if there isn't enough to go around?
創建者 Adrienne P•
Mar 15, 2019
This was an excellent workshop to help me brush up on poetic forms. Actually having to write, and revise was more useful than simply studying.
創建者 Fred P•
Oct 25, 2015
A fun and engaging experience, excellent writing prompts. The kind of on-line educational experience I appreciate- encouraging and supportive, yet completely unwilling to take itself too seriously. The on-line poetry workshop experience with peers can be hit or miss, but even so, I gained some unexpected insights into my writing. Well worth enrolling and completing.
創建者 Katya P•
Oct 12, 2015
Loved the short but sharp classes! Thank you! Would love to see more peer reviews (didn't get any on my poems yet).
Best of luck!
創建者 Scott D•
Nov 22, 2016
Doug's lectures were great! He's entertaining and he gets the concepts across very clearly. I struggled with the course itself, however. The participation rate was low and the iOS app was so buggy I deleted it. The web interface was better but still difficult to work with.
The iOS app would forget I was in the course and lose my assignments. It also wouldn't let me open the discussion forums. With the technical problems and low participation I can only give the course 3/5.