The exclusive writing exercises below have been written by Poetry In Voice anthology poets and members of our Poet Network. Many of their own poems have been written from similar exercises.
In our Quick Writing Prompts you’ll be able to leap in and start writing something within minutes. Our Go Deeper section will invite you to think through multiple steps and experiment with different techniques. A Month of Poetry will take you week by week, a half hour at a time, into becoming a practicing poet.
No matter which section you choose, don’t worry about writing a perfect poem, just focus on enjoying the experiment. If you’re like most poets, you’ll write some stuff that you’ll want to tear into thousands of pieces and bury deep in the ground. But if you stick with the process, you’ll also write some poems that will genuinely surprise you.