Writing Poetry: Form and Technique

Introducing general education students as well as English majors to creative writing, Heather Sellers’ Writing Poetry: Form and Technique offers an inspiring, lively, straightforward short course in how to write effective poems.

The content is structured to align with the needs of the introduction to writing poetry course offered in most creative writing programs where students are expected to learn the basic vocabulary and craft elements required to study and write poetry—form and technique. Her approach breaks the process down into manageable, sequenced modules, ensuring students are writing poems—and experiencing success—right away.

This is the only poetry handbook written especially for and directly to today’s high school and college students, a new generation of learners. The students before us are well-intentioned, socially aware, engaged, and they are expecting—demanding—readings that are whole-heartedly representative in terms of race and gender. They also expect brevity (“tldr”) and clarity and resist an overly formal voice and tone.

Thus, Writing Poetry: Form and Technique is designed to reel in students with its clear and casual approach, delicious new poems by global poets, and interesting, accessible, no-fail writing prompts; teachers will find a streamlined yet robust book they can lead with confidence, face-to-face or online.

Anticipated publication date: March 2023

Writing Poetry: Form and Technique

Introducing general education students as well as English majors to creative writing, Heather Sellers’ Writing Poetry: Form and Technique offers an inspiring, lively, straightforward short course in how to write effective poems.

The content is structured to align with the needs of the introduction to writing poetry course offered in most creative writing programs where students are expected to learn the basic vocabulary and craft elements required to study and write poetry—form and technique. Her approach breaks the process down into manageable, sequenced modules, ensuring students are writing poems—and experiencing success—right away.

This is the only poetry handbook written especially for and directly to today’s high school and college students, a new generation of learners. The students before us are well-intentioned, socially aware, engaged, and they are expecting—demanding—readings that are whole-heartedly representative in terms of race and gender. They also expect brevity (“tldr”) and clarity and resist an overly formal voice and tone.

Thus, Writing Poetry: Form and Technique is designed to reel in students with its clear and casual approach, delicious new poems by global poets, and interesting, accessible, no-fail writing prompts; teachers will find a streamlined yet robust book they can lead with confidence, face-to-face or online.

Anticipated publication date: March 2023

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Heather Sellers

Heather Sellers, Professor of English at the University of South Florida, received university teaching awards from USF (2022, 2017) and Hope College (2011) and is the author of the popular textbook The Practice of Creative Writing, while her memoir, You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, and was an O Book Of The Month pick.

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