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Writing Series: Poetry Writing

Learn to read and write poetry and explore aspects of poetic craft, including imagery, metaphor, line, stanza, music, rhythm, diction and tone.  Students will also examine a number of poetic traditions, including the sonnet and limerick.  Through peer crtique, students respond closely to the work of fellow writers in a supportive workshop.  Writers of all levels of experience are welcome.

Jason Campbell

The Instructor


Jason Campbell has extensive experience as a professional writer and artist. As a decorated College English Instructor he has taught numerous students the academic art of writing through forms such as the essay and effective business writing.  


Outside of the classroom, Jason is a published poet and writer who’s performed poetry across Canada. He has written three screenplays, is the C.I.O. for the television show Highways to Fairways, now in it’s second season, and also wrote and directed the short film Smoke. Jason is deeply passionate about the arts and wishes to share his skills and experiences with like minded individuals. 

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SCHEDULE: Poetry Writing

0:00 – 0:15 - Welcome

0:15 – 0:30 - Lesson 1: Voice, Tone, Imagery and The Right Word

0:30 – 1:00 - Activity 1: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Elliot

1:00 – 1:15 - Assignment 1: Write a poem focusing on imagery

1:15 – 1:30 - Break

1:30 – 1:45 - Lesson 2: Simile and Metaphor

1:45 – 2:00 - Activity 2: O Captain! My Captain by Walt Whitman 

2:00 – 2:15 - Assignment 2: Write a Simile or Metaphor poem

2:15 – 2:30 - Lesson 3: The Importance of Meter, Music, Rhyme, and Rhythm 

2:30 – 2:45 - Activity 3: Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare and Iambic Pentameter,                                and the Limerick


2:45 – 3:00 - Assignment 3: Write a Sonnet or Limerick




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