My name's Ryan, and I write picture books. Years ago, I took Renee LaTulippe's awesome class The Lyrical Language Lab. I loved it, and it taught me about meter and lyricism. I REALLY thought that I would continue to write poetry and that it would help me with my picture book writing.
But alas... I didn't.
Well- I want to change that! I know some folks whose critique group gives each other a different poetry prompt every week. Then they submit their poems back to each other- not for critique, just for accountability.
I'm looking for my own group to do this with. Looking for 4-5 people. THE GOAL? To write a poem a week for the ENTIRE year of 2022. The goal is simply to get us writing a poem a week, even if they are super crappy (which, believe me, a lot of mine will be!). I'm hoping this will lead to increased creativity and lyricism. I know my friend whose critique group does this actually ended up turning two of her poems into book deals! But really, I just want to flex that muscle and improve my ear for rhyme/meter.
While a lot of prompts will simply be a subject or a word to work into the poem, I'd love to also have some prompts be different forms of poems that I've never tried. The Writers Digest website has a few prompts we can use. I really know hardly anything about poetry, so would love to just learn and experiment. Would love to have us all alternate with giving the prompts.
So anyway- it doesn't really matter what genre you write in. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, let me know!
My goal is to do this every week for the ENTIRE year of 2022. So please only request an invite if you think you can commit to that.
Write a poem a week for the ENTIRE year of 2022!
I want to keep this group small and intimate. I know I will be sharing some God awful poetry. This will be a judgement-free zone, where we celebrate the fact that we created something, even if it is imperfect. My goal is to do this every week for the ENTIRE year of 2022. So please only request an invite if you think you can commit to that.
People looking to improve their poetry skills or looking for a way to improve their creativity.
If someone does not participate for several weeks in a row, they will be asked to recommit or leave the group to make room for someone else.