This is the tutelage arm of Poemify. We aim at giving every lover of literature the right tutelage to better their poetry. Our poetry courses and workshops makes learning poetry accessible to everyone, all from the comfort of your kitchen table.

Why just write poems when you can write better ones?

Our poetry courses and workshops makes learning poetry accessible to everyone, all from the comfort of your kitchen table. This poetry school is built on the notion that the most exciting writing begins after the first draft. It is specifically for folks who believe that writing poems just to express oneself is like using the Internet just for email. After all, poetry can change the way you and your readers think of the world and its inhabitants; it can break new ground for language; turn a blank sheet of paper into a teeming concert of voices and music. Though any of us may have the potential to make that happen, having an understanding of how several tools of poetic composition can be used (and audaciously “mis-used”) gives you more ways to try (and if we do this right, we might surprise ourselves most of all).

We’ll cover key poetic terms and devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets and then get a chance to try our own hand at writing new poem drafts from a select number of prompts. You will have the opportunity to workshop your poem drafts and get feedback on your work, working towards a more polished poem.

Our Mission

We ‘make poetry happen’. We want to to enable and inspire you to develop your poetry from its beginnings through to an advanced level. Our courses, activities, creative and professional development are affordable, diverse, and open to all.

Values

ACCESSIBLE.

We are committed to creating opportunities for poets of all levels and backgrounds to improve your craft and poetic practice, to develop your professional skills and experience, and to connect with readers. For us, excellence and inclusivity go hand in hand.

QUALITY.

Our educational resources, activities and environments are of a consistently high quality and cover a large variety of subjects. All our educational programming is poet-led, and our courses and workshops are designed by poets, for poets.

COLLEGIATE

We believe poets develop best within a diverse, expansive and social community of readers and writers. We hope to help foster lifelong poetry friendships as well as provide valuable teaching.

SUPPORTIVE

Positive experiences are critical to learning and development. In our courses, we create conditions to nurture a culture of constructive critical support.

INDEPENDENT

We are non-factional and operate independently of other poetry institutions and publishers (but we love to collaborate with them.)

INNOVATIVE

Though as poets we are writing in a tradition, we encourage experimentation in poetry in order to vitalizes both individual writers and the art form itself. Poemify College is not about teaching ‘poetry by numbers’. We are innovative.

PROGRESSIVE

We want to drive the agenda of contemporary poetry, to challenge tired ways of thinking and to find places where new conversations and collaborations can happen.

SUSTAINABLE

Here in the Poemify College, continuous relationships are important to us. They are vital in the creation of the transformative journeys from a writer of poems, to aspiring poet, to being a poet in the world.