Sonnets and Villanelles II

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If you’ve taken the Sonnet or Villanelle Intensives, or worked on sonnets and villanelles before, here’s an opportunity to build on your knowledge and skills. With the help of a widely published author of sonnets and villanelles, you’ll further explore how rhyme, meter, and “received forms” can deepen your writing. We’ll also consider how revising your poems can strengthen them. NOTE: This new online course includes the use of video or sound files, weekly writing and revision assignments, and feedback from the instructor as well as (optionally) from other participants.

About Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary is author of Humor Me (2006) and chapbooks including Genetic Revisionism (2019). Internationally published, she is a three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Claudia's poems have recently appeared in American Arts Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, Antiphon, Chronicles, First Things, Light, Loch Raven Review, Mezzo Cammin, Poet Lore, The Rotary Dial, String Poet and Trinacria. Her articles on health appear in The VVA Veteran, VFW Magazine and elsewhere. Her work is anthologized in "Villanelles" (2012) and “Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle” (2018). More about her at:, and on twitter @claudiagary.

Teaching Style: Claudia loves to see students have fun discovering something they never knew they could do. She starts with a close reading of good poems, then alternates among writing, reading, exercises, and so on, to keep the class session dynamic. There will be light but important homework assignments.


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