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How to Think Like a Poet

The Poetry Salon’s

New ecourse!

Tresha Haefner, How to Think Like a Poet, The Poetry Salon

We’re very, very excited to introduce our latest amazing teaching tool at The Poetry Salon – “How to Think Like a Poet”, an in depth ecourse intended for those who wish to generate a poetic “essence” in their daily lives as well as their writing. This seven-part series is designed to equip writers with transformative tools and poetry techniques to promote mindfulness in the world and train novices and pros alike to be more powerful communicators. 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 eight weeks, 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 $127. Enroll Here!

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

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: Metaphor

Make your ideas surprising, dynamic, and unforgettable. Metaphors communicate vast amounts of complex information, sensation and feeling in a very short period of time.

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: Sound Choices

Every sound you make is a type of music. The subtle art of using sound choices will help you strike the right tone in everything you write.

Week 5: Surrealism 

In this video you will learn some of the basic principles of surrealism, its historical context, and main concepts. You’ll also gain insight into how these highly imaginative principles can help tell a deeper truth and how you can incorporate surrealistic thinking into your own work.

Week 6: Volta

When we say that a poem “moves” us, what do we mean? In this video we’ll explore the concept of a “volta,” which is the Italian term for a “turn.” We’ll discuss ways that poems can create “turns” or shifts in tone, meaning and mood, and how you can use voltas to make your poems move.

Week 7: Forms & Structures

What is the difference between a sonnet and a story? A lyric poem and a narrative poem? A haiku and a villanelle? In this video we’ll discuss various forms of poetry from the traditional forms with complex rhyme schemes and rules, to freer structures with fewer strictures.



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