Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 554: Poetry Writing: An Applied-Learning Workshop

Instructor: Ashley Hudson


This course will expose students to the craft elements of poetry writing through an examination of special topics in poetry. Students will choose topics and styles on which they wish to focus, study poems and essays that address these topics and styles, read craft essays to build and refine their poetry writing skills, present their topics to the class, and participate in applied learning activities and peer workshops. Examples of topics include ecopoetry, poetry of witness, confessional poetry, regional poetry, experimental poetry, found poetry, etc.

Students will engage in applied-learning activities (of the students’ own choosing) and utilize the experiences to write a selection of poems, which they will workshop online with their peers. There is flexibility in how a student harnesses his or her chosen topics, with emphasis placed on each student’s individual learning experience. Each student will propose a topic and collaborate with the instructor on how to fulfill assignments related to the topic.

Evaluation will be based on engagement with topics, applied learning activities, presentations/guided exercises on topics, written peer feedback, and participation in workshops.

Students influence the content and experience of the course as much as the instructor. We build and shape your experience together, then share with your peers to explore connections: how immersion in a special topic reverberates through the study and writing of poetry.

No poetry writing experience necessary. Both novice and experienced writers are welcomed.

Required Books:

Students should expect to buy or borrow books related to the individual genres chosen. Each student will work with the instructor to tailor a personalized reading list after submitting genre proposals.

Online Readings: Please see our course website for online readings.

The Canvas course will be made available no later than the first day of classes. Please see the UNCW Academic Calendar for important dates.

Other Required Course Materials

Reliable access to a computer with uninterrupted connection to the Internet

Microsoft Word


Updated: March 19, 2019