Creative Writing: Poetry

Do you enjoy crafting poetry in your spare time but wonder where to go from there? Come hone your writing under the guidance of an experienced creative writing instructor and prepare a portfolio of poems for self-publication and submission.

Locations: Online, Burlingame, Danville, Lafayette, Los Altos,  Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo, Saratoga, Woodside

Cost: $120/hr.

Recommended hours: 9-12 (recommended as 2 weekly 1.5-hour sessions over 3-4 weeks)


  • Focus on intensive writing and development of poetry
  • Encourage and develop the work of aspiring writers while they formalize their ideas and voice
  • Prepare a personal portfolio of writing for self-publishing and submission to contests or student journals

To Enroll Call (650) 331-3251/ (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

This 1-on-1 class is designed for highly motivated students interested in poetry and who are motivated to write several high-quality pieces. The goal of the course will be to finalize students’ writing for a personal portfolio that will be self-published and that can be submitted to contests or student journals, such as Scholastic, Bennington Young Writers, and the Middlebury Breadloaf Program.  While students are encouraged to begin the class with some ideas for topics they’d like to write about, their personal tutor will guide them through the brainstorming, writing, and revising process.

The class will be fast-paced, and will involve reading poetry by traditional and contemporary poets.  These readings will serve as models and inspirations for students’ own projects.  Class time will focus on experimentation with different poetic organizational structures and discussion of the student’s pieces for productive and supportive feedback.  Homework will be assigned and will consist of reading 1-2 poems between each session and writing or editing original work.

Make the Most of the Summer!

Students who stay actively engaged in the learning process during the summer perform better during the school year.

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Peninsula Main Phone Number (650) 331-3251
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