An Online Skillshare Class by Cameron Conaway

This class is not about theory or the history of poetry; it’s about how you can start writing quality poems in as short a time as possible.

Cameron Conaway, award-winning poet and journalist, breaks down the myths surrounding what poetry is, who can make it, and how it’s made. He guides us through “the butterfly method,” his own unique process for how to make a poem. This process is at the heart of how he wrote all of his books, including Malaria, Poems, which was one of only four poetry collections named to NPR’s Best Books of 2014 list.

If you’ve wanted to write poetry but felt intimidated or confused, this class is for you. By the end of the class you will have written five poems, all linked by a particular theme you care deeply about, and you’ll be well on your way to putting your first book together.

Recent student testimonials

“Although I’ve been writing poetry for as long as I can remember, this class was a beautiful exercise. It enabled me to learn a different method of structuring my thoughts, writing with intention, and using small noticings in significant ways.”

-Kourtney Torres

“I’m inspired to start writing poetry again.”

-Clarence Albury

“Cameron’s process unlocked personal areas of creativity I didn’t know existed.”

-Alan Jou

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