Poetic Temperaments

Poetic Temperaments

Craft amazing poems using story, music, structure, and imagination!

Introducing TEEN Writers to the Practice of Poetry Writing

No Experience Necessary!

This series of classes will explore the basic matters of poetic craft— the simple techniques that a poet uses to create a poem. Each part of the series focuses on one “temperament” of poetry: story, music, structure, or imagination.

Depending on the week, you’ll practice crafting the arc of a narrative, sound and rhythmic qualities of a sentence, measurable patterns within a poem, as well as literal and figurative images. We’ll progress towards an understanding of how these four craft temperaments come together to form a complete work of art.

As you write, you’ll learn how to critically examine your own work for craft elements and to identify your prevailing temperament as a poet.

*We will begin with “Four Temperaments and the Forms of Poetry,” a craft essay by poet Gregory Orr.

Week 1 – Imaginative Temperament
Week 2 – Narrative Temperament
Week 3 – Musical Temperament
Week 4 – Structural Temperament
Week 5 – Balancing the Four Temperaments
Week 6 – Celebratory Workshop


6 Saturdays: March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10 
1-3:30 pm

Wordcrafters Online Zoom Studios

$199 members | $229 nonmembers

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(Scholarships Available. Inquire at bewriting at wordcrafters dot org)

About the Instructor

Anna Ball is a local writer and educator who believes that the art of writing can transform our awareness of the world around us and within us. Originally from Maryland, she recently earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, where she taught a year-long series for undergraduate poets designed to foster a rigorous environment and supportive community. Anna taught English as a foreign language in Italy, aided teachers in elementary school art classrooms, and worked as a gymnastics instructor for young athletes. Her interdisciplinary studies in the fields of cognitive linguistics, foreign languages, literature, and creative writing underpin her continuing artistic inquiry into the mysteries of language.

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