I use poetry to teach people better communication. It's the ultimate workout for your linguistic, presentational and public-speaking muscles.
Poetry can help you in your chosen career - whatever it might be. Poetry can even help you to land your dream job!
I'm in the process of developing a much deeper, longer course (for people who want to become master communicators), I've created this short, simple course to enable anyone who is curious to dip their toe in the poetical waters.
In this course, my challenge is to teach you enough that you will be able to write a simple poem, using rhyme and rhythm, even if you've never written (or even read) a poem in your life?
Your challenge is to learn, practice, and produce.
I've set up dedicated forums to enable students to share all their attempts, and completed poems, with me and each other. So enrol, and discover what poetry can do for you.
Learn to count syllables and use them to write a "Western Haiku" - a short poem derived from a traditional Japanese form.
This lesson deals with rhythm, through an exploration of the Blues, a famous hymn, and some lines by Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe.
You can also listen (links below) to me speaking the lines from the songs accompanied by me playing a snare drum, me playing a guitar and me playing a harmonica. (Audio only for the time being).
Put all the lessons together and create a Limerick. In fact, create lots of Limericks.
I've spent the last 9 years working with authors to get their books ready for publication, and then getting them published in the new e-book/e-reader/print-on-demand market. Some of my authors have gone on to get publishing contracts, and others are both traditionally and self published, including multi-award-winner Kary English.
My regular clients rely on me to understand and stimulate their creative process. We work together from development of the first story idea , through the drafting, redrafting and editing, right up to packaging and book launch; or they call me in at whatever stage they need me.