Writing Poetry that Sings

Registration is now open!
Register for this course

Interested in writing poetry? Doing some songwriting? Or just learning how to make your prose “pop”? Join us for a weekend unraveling the beauty of language. We’ll master metaphors, capture cadence, and rule rhyme. Each day will include a combination of hands-on activities that help us develop details and use figurative language like a pro. We’ll spend time playing games with language, sharing our writing with fellow writers, and of course, writing. By the end of the weekend, everyone in the program will have a short collection of poems to share. Learning to create rhythm in writing is a tool every writer needs in their toolbox, so even though we’ll focus mostly on poetry, this course is for writers of all genres and skill levels. No prior writing or course experience required.

Course Learning Objectives/Goals

  1. Learn to create rhythm through words
  2. Learn to use figurative language to capture emotions
  3. Create a set of poems (or poetry ideas) to build a poetry collection

Ages: 13-17

Course Number:


Course Date:
Saturday, September 17, 2022 to Sunday, September 18, 2022
Course Date Info:

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Students will check in on Saturday and Sunday morning between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m. Some classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before this course begins.


$185 - This includes lunch for Saturday and Sunday.

No prior writing experience required.


Kaitlin BevisKaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it. Because she’s always wanted to be a writer, she spent high school and college learning everything she could to achieve that goal. After graduating college with a B.F.A. in English: Creative Writing; an M.A.T. in English: Secondary Education; and an Ed.S. in School Library Media, Kaitlin went on to write the bestselling Daughters of Zeus series. You can learn more about Kaitlin and her books at KaitlinBevis.com. This is Kaitlin’s fourth year as a Spark Weekend Academy instructor.

Elizabeth SadlerElizabeth Sadler loves to read and write adventure novels with fantasy elements. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from George Mason University, as well as an M.F.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and has been published in New Myths and Separate Worlds. She currently resides in Athens, Georgia, where she teaches British Literature to unsuspecting seniors. This is Elizabeth’s second year as a Spark Weekend Academy instructor.


What you need for the course:
Please look for the course outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent two weeks before your program.