How to Read and Write Poetry


Course Description

February 2022 Update: This course will now take place entirely on Zoom.

Curious about reading and writing poetry but mystified by the art form? This course invites students to become more confident reading and writing poetry.

Using Susan Holbrook’s book How to Read (And Write About Poetry) as an accessible guide, students will be encouraged to engage with questions such as: What makes a poem a poem? Why can poetry feel so intimidating? We will tackle these questions and more by exploring different poetic forms such as sonnets, ekphrastic poems, haikus, villanelles, sestinas, odes, and concrete poems.

By reading about different poetic forms and writing their own poems, students will learn to feel more comfortable reading, discussing, and writing poetry.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Saga Bookstore during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • How to Read and Write About Poetry by Susan Holbrook (9781551119915)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 10 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday 15 March 2022

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Instructor: Greg Santos

Degree Credit: 3 credits

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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