This approved session for the October 19-21 PAMLA Conference at Seattle University will explore the teaching of poetic form. Intimidating, scary, frightening – synonyms students usually associate with actually writing in an organized rhythm and form in a creative writing class. Scanning an iambic pentameter stanza is one thing, but writing a poem in heroic couplets can seem a daunting chore. However, teaching prosody and fixed forms can be a rewarding and thought-provoking task for professors, and a liberating, confidence–building exercise for students who often surprise themselves by writing original, lyrical poems.
Please submit paper proposals by April 22, to the PAMLA website: