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Sierra DeMulder

Sierra DeMulder is an internationally touring performance poet and educator, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, and a four-time published author. She is the curriculum director of Slam Camp at Indiana University, an annual writing summer camp for high school students, and one of the founders of Button Poetry, the largest digital distributor of spoken word in the world. Her third full-length collection, Today Means Amen, was released in 2016 with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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About this Course

“The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.”  Richard Peck

The first draft of anything is shit. ― Ernest Hemingway

BOLDER FIRST DRAFTS is a six-week online poetry workshop intended to inspire braver and more innovative work. The course was designed to push each poet (regardless of age or experience) to evolve as a writer by abandoning the comfort zone of their traditional approach. Think new poems, not just good. 

Every session will engage a primary theme, muse, or technique and will feature 3-6 "inspiration” texts, along with correlating writing prompts. The outcome of the course is simple. In addition to the production of over twenty new drafts, participants can expect to leave this workshop with a greater command over their inner critic, an increased knowledge of existing poets, and a plethora of tips and tricks to apply to future poems. 

For six weeks, a new lesson will be made available every Sunday. As there is no set time required for participation*, students can complete the workshops throughout the week at their convenience. There are two levels of engagement:

Level 1 ($150)Includes access to the aforementioned weekly workshop, as well as one live group session via video chat*. (If you are unavailable to join us for the live class, it will be recorded for later access.) 

Level 2 ($250)In addition to the weekly lessons, Level 2 participants will have the opportunity to receive personalized feedback on two poems per week from Sierra. This level is capped at 15 students.