Why Take Online Writing Classes?
Whether you’re a new writer or an advanced writer, everyone can benefit from taking online writing classes. When you sign-up for one of my online writing classes, your poems and creative nonfiction pieces will be workshopped by classmates, and you’ll receive detailed, personalized feedback from me. My poetry and creative nonfiction writing courses are designed to help you reach your writing goals.
I’m offering 4-week online classes on a variety of topics for poetry and creative nonfiction writers. I’ll post course descriptions and schedules here. Classes will be run through Wet Ink. Be sure to check back here for updates, sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page, or email me with questions.
Upcoming Online Classes
End with a Bang! April 3-May 1, 2019
We’ll examine poems with strong and interesting endings and discuss why they work and how the poets got there. Exercises that may lead to surprising but satisfying endings will be provided, and students will have their own poems critiqued with a focus on endings.
Sign up today by emailing me at email@example.com.
price: $119 (payable to me via PayPal or check, payment due by March 27, 2019)
Past Online Classes
Tiny Braids February 27-March 27, 2019–IN-PROGRESS
Mixing narratives in a short piece–a poem or flash essay (750 words max)–can be a great strategy for making meaning out of what seems to be mere anecdote, or implying the complexities of a much larger narrative. In this four-week class, we’ll examine the ways other writers have taken on the narrative braid in poetry and flash cnf. Students will share their work every week and receive feedback from the instructor and each other. This is a dual genre course; writers may submit either a poem or a flash essay for each assignment.
Embrace Your Inner Weird Jan 30-Feb 27, 2019–COMPLETED
Believe it or not, readers relate to the specific more than to the general. The name of your first guinea pig, the thing you always do when you get a scab, what you think about when you’re in church—poetry lives in these details. So write the poems only you can write!
This poetry class will include short videos wherein I discuss published poems, poetry exercises, and four poems to be workshopped by classmates and to receive detailed feedback from me. Open to all experience levels. Classes will be run on Wet Ink, a platform designed specifically for writing courses.
Looking for individual mentoring instead of or in addition to a class? Check out my editing services.
NOTE: I have 20+ years experience teaching creative writing (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) at the college and university level, and over 10 years as co-founder and editor of a literary magazine and chapbook press. I focus on helping writers accomplish what they want to do, rather than dictating a particular aesthetic or approach. This blog post of mine might help explain my philosophy.
“Katie was my first poetry teacher and I can’t believe my good fortune to have found myself in her class. As an instructor and writer, she is as gentle as she is scrupulous, as funny as she is startling, as charming as she is resolved. Hers is a voice and a mind and a heart that many need to hear, especially young writers. My writing would not be as honest or satisfied if it were not for her guidance. Whenever I read something I’d call a ‘bad poem,’ I wonder what Katie would do to fix it. Whenever I read something I’ve written, I wonder what Katie would say to me about the language, the tone, the imagery, the point. ”
—Tory, University of South Florida class of 2017
“My first experience in a workshop setting was in Katie’s poetry class at USF. It was also my first experience with writing poetry. Before taking that class, I was terrified about writing poetry, and even more so about workshop, but Katie’s kind nature eased my fears. Over the course of the semester, I learned how to read, critique, write, and love poetry. To this day, I still use the core concepts I learned in her class. If it hadn’t been for Katie, I never would have known that I could write successful poetry.” —Sherri Pooley, University of South Florida class of 2016
“I took Katie’s class at the University of South Florida in 2011. Katie’s passion for the art form resonates in her lectures and workshops. She provides insightful feedback in a positive manner that is easy to digest for even artists as sensitive as myself. On more than one occasion, I was able to improve a poem by way of a simple revision, addition of an enjambed line, or reconsideration of form as suggested by Katie. If poetry is a journey, Katie is a map keeper with intuitive knowledge of where the traveler is trying to go and how to get there on a single tank of gas.” —Tia
“I didn’t expect that poetry would ever be the key to figuring myself out in college. Katie made that happen. She recognized and encouraged me in her soft and kind way. Everything about her is soft, but vibrant and completely sincere: her compliments, criticisms, suggestions, even simple conversation. I learned to look at my life more poetically because of her. I’m a lot happier in my outlook because of her poetry and her guidance. I don’t work in the writing industry, but I would never ever change my degree because of what I learned from Katie.” —Victoria Kucinskas, USF class of 2013, Creative Writing