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Share A Story In A Poem
Deadline: In 2 Days

Free Verse Poetry Contest
Deadline: Aug 7th

Haiku Poetry Contest
Deadline: Aug 15th

Sonnet Poetry Contest
Deadline: Aug 21st

This Sentence Starts The Story
Deadline: Aug 31st


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Start Your Novel
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Grammar Tips (SPAG)
Class Begins: August 11th

Poetry Tutorial
Class Begins: August 11th

Understanding Poetry
Class Begins: August 12th

Rhyme and Meter in Poetry
Class Begins: August 12th

Writing Short Nonfiction
Class Begins: September 1st

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Upcoming Contest Deadlines

Share A Story In A Poem
In this contest you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes. We've included examples of this type of poetry storytelling in the announcement.
Deadline: In 2 Days

Free Verse Poetry Contest
Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry that does not follow any structure or style. See an example and details in the announcement.
Deadline: Aug 7th

Haiku Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Haiku poem. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. Can you paint a mental image using only three lines?
Deadline: Aug 15th

Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet.
Deadline: Aug 21st



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Writing Classes

Start Your Novel
Why do some novels grab you from the first page while others you put aside? How do you take a seed of an idea and grow a full-blown novel from it? Learn all of the necessary skills to develop your story idea into a novel outline and write the first draft of the beginning chapters.
Class Begins: In 6 Days

Grammar Tips (SPAG)
This is your chance to conquer the dreaded comma, unlock the mysteries of the apostrophe and figure out once and for all when to use "lie" instead of "lay." Every discussion will feature easy-to-follow examples, and assignments will provide a chance to practice and receive individual feedback.
Class Begins: August 11th

Poetry Tutorial
This is your chance to explore whatever poetic forms you have a desire to learn about and experiment with. You can sign up as an individual for a directed study, or you can find a couple of friends to sign up with you as a study group. If you want to study syllable count forms like the nonet or if you want to work with more advanced poetic forms like the rondeau redouble, you name it and we'll work on it together. What I don't know I will research.
Class Begins: August 11th

Understanding Poetry
This course is designed for people who want to understand the basics of poetry, whether they want to become better reviewers or better poets. There will be no requirements to write poetry. Assignments are designed to appreciate and respond to poetry. We will read a wide variety of famous poets and discuss how their work illustrates the elements of poetry.
Class Begins: August 12th

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Upcoming Member Contest Deadlines

Junk in the trunk
Make a list of items in the trunk of your car and use them to tell a story.
Deadline: Tomorrow!

Blitz Poetry (Take a Trip)
Write a Blitz Poem. Topic is 'Take a Trip'. See contest announcement for rules and an example.
Deadline: Tomorrow!

Divergent: Fan Fiction
Fan Fiction for Divergent, by Veronica Roth. No poetry, 800 words min. and 2000 words max.
Deadline: In 2 Days

Multiple Form Madness
A piece that uses at least three different forms of poetry. The choice is that of the entrants. These will be recognized forms such as haiku, sonnet, clarity poem, limerick etc. Explain in author's notes what you have used.
Deadline: In 5 Days
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