Welcome to Poetry Friday!
My 4 yr. old granddaughter, Evie
stopped by to welcome you!
Hello, everyone! It's so nice to see you here! This is my first time to host so I’m a little nervous but very happy to finally take the plunge! Please leave your links in the comments, and I’ll be rounding them up throughout the day.
I've been busy teaching summer school, and the days just seem to be speeding by. I can't believe the summer is half over already!
I did do one very special thing for myself this summer. I spent the month of June in an online class
that turned out to one of the best writing courses I’ve ever taken. I don’t usually post about classes, but I think this one is such a fantastic resource for poets, teachers, and writers of all genres that I wanted to share my experience. Besides, I'm hoping this post will inspire you to share writing resources you've found helpful too. So, here goes!
The Lyrical Language Lab is an intensive month-long course taught
by Renee LaTulippe.
Renee (of No Water River
fame) is an outstanding teacher. Her knowledge of poetic elements,
precise lessons, individual attention, and editing background is phenomenal!
A few of my favorite features of the course were:
- The lessons were well-structured: model, practice,
- The assignments and daily interaction with Renee and my classmates kept me motivated.
- There were opportunities to apply new skills to my WIP.
- The lessons meet the needs of a variety of learning styles (verbal, audio, visual,
- A lot of information was packed into this course, but it was always entertaining and FUN!
Most courses end, and that’s it. Not The Lyrical Language Lab! At the end of
the course, Renee provided us with a packet containing all of our assignments and her feedback. She is also
creating an e-book of our course so we can review as needed. And, we had the opportunity
to join an online group of course alumni so we can continue to learn
and support each other. How wonderful is that?
I loved the class, and judging by the comments made by my
classmates, everyone else did too. I
recommend this course for writers of all genres, but especially poets and
picture book writers. Teachers who want a stronger foundation in poetry will also find this class beneficial.
If you're looking to “punch up your prose,” add to your
poetry toolbox, or add to your teaching repertoire, I hope you’ll head over to
No Water River
and check out The Lyrical Language Lab.
I can't end this post without mentioning another excellent resource
. If you are in need of coaching, consulting, or critiquing, Mentors for Rent
is the way to go! Laura Purdie Salas
and Lisa Bullard
are the providers of this outstanding service. Both of these ladies have years of writing and coaching experience and share a wealth of knowledge about the business of writing for children. I can tell you from personal experience, they work hard to help clients reach their writing goals. Check out their website for more details.
Okay, I hope I didn't sound too much like an infomercial, but I know there are folks like me who are looking for resources to reach the next level in their writing.
Now sit back, have a cup of tea, and let's enjoy today's poetry offerings.
Thanks for stopping by!
First Cup Edition
Laura at Author Amok shares, "July 2 was the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. I'm celebrating with a post about Debbie Levy's latest picture book, "We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song." In free verse, Levy covers the history of "We Shall Overcome" from slavery, to the Civil Rights Movement, and its worldwide popularity today."
Matt comes to us today with an original poem at Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme.
Tabatha shares a roller coaster poem by Heidi Mordhorst at The Opposite of Indifference.
Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
brings us fortune cookies and a poem by Irene Latham.
Michelle has a limerick by Irene Latham at Today's Little Ditty
Donna had some fun with her grandchildren this week over at Mainely Write
, and she also share's a poem by Linda Baie.
Linda shares a summer swap poem by Margaret Simon at Teacher Dance
Over at Gathering Books
, Myra shares a poem by Iphigene.
Reading to the Core
brings us a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Heidi is looking for suggestions about a classic poem for her revision project at My Juicy Little Universe
Diane is in today with an original poem at Random Noodling
. She also brings us a short post about FIREFLY JULY at Kurious Kitty
is in today with a poem by Irene Latham from her new book DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST.
Margaret shares a poem by Wendi Romero at Reflections on the Teche.
Irene is in today at Live Your Poem
with Quilts, & Pears, & the Summer Swap.
Monica over at Cartwheels
shares at original poem today.
offers us some summer advice today.
Becky shares an adaptation of Rilke's unicorn poem at Tapestry of Words
Second Cup Edition
Tara is in today with a post inspired by the news at A Teaching Life.
comes to us with an Emily Dickinson poem.
Sylvia has a must read tribute to the poetry of the late, great Walter Dean Myers at Poetry for Children.
Jone shares a postcard she received from Joy Acey at Check It Out.
Joy is in today with an original summer poem at Poetry for Kids Joy.
Amy is at The Poem Farm
with a poem about spirit animals inspired by Laura Shovan's
post last week.
OK! I think that's it for round two. I posted all the links in the Comments section also, just in case. I'll check back later this afternoon in case anyone else drops by. I apologize for not giving a better description for each of today's offerings, but I'm on a time crunch (like always), and the computer was not cooperating! Now, I'm going to get my tea and read these wonderful offerings! Thank you to everyone who stopped by Write Time
Our Third Cup Edition
Mary Lee at A Year of Reading stopped by to bring us some "Chicory".
Jen from I am a teacher et cetera
just popped in to share an interesting piece she's been working on. I like it!
Carol invites us over to Beyond Literacy Link for some summer serenity along with a writing invitation.
Lorie Ann is in at On Point today with an original haiku and at readertotz, "It Rains, It Pains."