May Poetry Workshop

Time for month two, all of you writing fans out there. To make this easy, I’m going to quote myself from my last monthly post (it’s not plagiarism to quote yourself and announce it beforehand):

I’m going to break down how these monthly assignments work. I give you an assignment; you do the assignment. It’s pretty simple.

Joking aside, there will be multiple levels to each assignment. Most assignments will have a base, intermediate and advanced level posted. To participate, you merely have to work on the base level. If you are looking to challenge yourself, I post the intermediate and advanced levels for you to work with.

At the end of the month, I will pick 3-5 of the best poems submitted and post them with the rationale behind why I picked those particular poems. The level of assignment does not come into play in the picking; meaning an advanced poem will not be picked over a base poem if I feel the base poem was executed better.

Once your poem is completed, click Submit Piece Here on the blog’s menu bar to be taken to a submission form. Please include a little something about yourself in the additional information section of the form.

Without further ado, here’s this months assignment! I was really pleased with the poems submitted last month, so let’s keep the momentum up!

Base: write a poem in rhyming couplets.

Intermediate: in addition to the base assignment, use a pop culture reference someplace within your poem.

Advanced: in addition to the base and intermediate assignment, make your poem into an epic (or a complete episodic story of the main character within the poem) using heroic verse.

Happy writing!

– Amanda Riggle

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