How to Think Like a Poet

The Poetry Salon’s

Four-week email class

We’re very, very excited to introduce our latest amazing teaching tool at The Poetry Salon – “How to Think Like a Poet”, a four-week ecourse intended for those who wish to generate a poetic “essence” in their daily lives as well as their writing. This series of daily exercises lays a foundation of understanding of the most fundamental poetry techniques, promotes mindfulness in the world and trains you in more powerful, aware use of language both written and spoken. We designed this course as one that can serve active writers, arts/health practitioners and those with an interest in increasing their acuity and presence among other people and in the natural world.

For twenty weekdays, you’ll receive videos and written lessons from Tresha Faye Haefner in your inbox that will help you:

  • Be more present, more aware of your surroundings
  • Use your senses acutely; experience life on a deeper, more authentic and joyful level
  • Speak more freely and eloquently
  • Sharpen your writing, no matter what your chosen mode or medium
  • Discover and embrace the vital magic that is creating poetry

Avail yourself of this opportunity to grow and start receiving the class immediately! Tuition is $197. Sign up on our registration page and be sure to leave us the email address you want to use. 

Optional Feedback

This course can be taken independently, at the student’s own pace, but writers who want feedback are welcome to send their work to me for helpful comments, for an additional fee. Feedback is directed toward enhancing the writer’s understanding of the ideas and techniques.


Week 1: Imagery

Students develop observation of sights, sounds, textures and smells around them while attributing compelling choice of words and specific sound devices. With conscious attention to  adopting a more stimulating and musical vocabulary, they will start to see how imagery and sound devices help create setting, meaning, and mood

Week 2: Associations, similes, metaphors and personifications

Students grow their understanding of how similes, metaphors and personifications create and convey meaning, mood, and feeling in their writing. They will practice writing personifications, metaphors, and similes of their own, using daily observations.

Week 3: Point of View

Students practice imagining the world through another’s perspective, be it through the “eyes” of an individual, animal, inanimate object, place or idea. They also consider the consciousness at the other end of the creative process – i.e. the reader – and the ways in which identifying their audience can connect and establish empathy.

Week 4: Structure

Students learn how a poem moves the reader by altering their perspective, explaining something in a new way, or figuratively “moving” the reader from one emotional state to another. They practice writing pieces that flow from one emotional place to another, create insight, or employ an insightful “aha” moment for themselves and their readers.


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