Featured offerings: This winter, the Loft presents True North. Visit our True North page to learn more and plan your participation.

Poetry Inspired by the True North

Date: 1/17/18 – 2/28/18

Location: Online

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Poetry

• Regular: $234.00
• Member: $210.60

How does the True North drive your poetic voice? All answers are valid except one: "It doesn't." Whether you're a Minnesota native or have never even visited, or whether you know every poem Robert Bly ever penned or are covertly Googling who he is, is moot. Minnesota, or even the idea of Minnesota, has long been a favorite source of inspiration for many poets. The incredible snow, the Mall of America, the invention of Post-It notes, Scotch Tape and Betty Crocker (yes, she was invented, too!) all came from the True North.

In this course, students explore both the poetry of Minnesota writers like Bly as well as structured themes from toasters to notorious fair food to create their own portfolio of True North poetry. At the end of the course, students will have a polished, peer- and teaching artist-reviewed submission portfolio. The majority of journals, magazines and anthologies request between 3-5 poems per submission. Many prefer a "collection" or theme, which translates nicely to their own editorial ideas. Students will have a submission-ready portfolio as well as the tools necessary, including a query letter and bio, to start confidently submitting after completion of the course.