"TL;DR: This course is a steal. Do yourself a favor and take advantage while you can!

Having the opportunity to take this writing course was a dream come true. I have been a huge fan of Derrick’s poetry press and every single one of the authors it works with, and it is such a unique treat to get to actually learn from the exact organization for which you are ideally crafting your manuscript. Not only that, but Derrick has some unique perspective to offer as an accomplished author and performance poet who tours internationally. He can speak about the writing and publishing process from just about every angle, and he even brought in other professionals to provide further insight into craft and editing.

In just four weeks, this course took us through understanding writer’s block and gaining efficiency during our writing prompts to planning for the submission of a finished manuscript. One of my favorite aspects of the course was the focus on pragmatic tools, and in addition to learning about craft, editing, and publishing, we practiced goal-setting and providing quality feedback to peers. By the end of the course, even as a novice, I felt very much a part of the poetry community and had a number of new resources and tools at my disposal. Take this course!"                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                           —Mariah Foster