A Poetry Workshop MOOC – Week 4

I still have fun with the course (see first post on the topic), but this week has been a bit less enjoyable for me. The feedback for the first assignment was underwhelming, to put it mildly. While one of the reviewers was OK and made an effort, the other one graded complete nonsense and neither read nor understood the instructions nor the questions. Now, if I’d be a paying customer who wants a certificate, I’d make a fuss. As it is: water off a duck’s back. I was a bit miffed though, since I put a lot of thought and effort into my own reviews and grading.

I should have remembered, it’s not untypical for MOOCs to get such wildly varying reviews.

Anyway, this week the topic was rhyme. We learned about true rhymes and slant rhymes, about lipograms and alliterations and the strength that restraint can give to a piece of writing. Now, that’s something flash fiction writers know very well.

The prompts were: write a lipogram (only use words with the same vowel, no other vowels allowed, like hat, cat, sat, fat…) and pick a poem or song, take the end rhymes from this and make your own poem out of them.

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A Poetry Workshop MOOC – Week 3

The course is fun (see previous post on the topic), I’m sailing through the theoretical part and learn a lot. I’m seeing poetry with different eyes and my admiration for poets has grown immensely.

The practical aspect of the course, however, leaves me in despair. All too often, I hardly unerstand what the prompt is. The forums do help, but not much since there is little feedback. I’m not going to post my offerings there. I’m torturing you, my friends, you’re kind.

This weeks topic was metaphors and similes. The prompts were to write a conceit and to develop a focused image system. Oh my…

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Spirals – Crimson’s Creative Challenge

This is my response to Crimson’s Creative Challenge #132

The CCC challenge is open for everyone and asks for creative responses like flash-fic stories, poems, pictures, captions, and, and, and… check it out! This week I tried something different.

The image belongs to Crispina Kemp

Spirals – Visual Poetry

It’s more dada than anything else, but dada can also be poetry, so…

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A Poetry Workshop MOOC – Week 2

There I was, thinking that writing prose in another language was difficult. Hah, little did I know. In this loveley course I’m taking to learn more about poetry (see previous post on the topic) I’ve now tried my hand at actually, deliberately writing a poem. This. Is. So. Difficult.

And I’m still having fun with it. For those of you who write poetry regularly and know your way around things like imagery and abstractions, it may be old news, but for me this is a great challenge.

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A Poetry Workshop MOOC – Back To The Roots

In 2014 I started this blog because I wanted to improve my writing. I didn’t exactly know what to write about, but since I was taking a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at the time, I wrote about those a bit. I registered with coursera and loved it.
I also posted a few pieces of creative writing, but there never was much feedback (me being painfully introvert and this not being such a popular blog) until I found Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers.

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