Voyage into the Unknown & Return with Good Poems

"It's not so much a process of editing as of making unexpected discoveries."

"Here is what I know about revision: It's not so much a process of editing as of making unexpected discoveries. ... There are only the decisions you make, and if you're lucky, they are the right ones for the work at hand. You can increase your luck by developing your skills."

 — Kim Addonizio, Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within


Develop your skills & streamline your revision process

Explore how to:

  • make discoveries in your poems

  • create vivid scenes and images

  • leverage the power of diction

  • convey feeling through rhythm and sound

  • create striking line breaks

Course Guide

A downloadable workbook accompanies the course with model poems, revision exercises and supplemental materials.

Course curriculum

    1. Introduction

    2. Course Workbook

    3. 1. Approaches to Revision: What Strengthens Your Poem and What Weakens it?

    4. 2. How to Make Cool Discoveries: Opening the Door to New & Surprising Places

    5. 3. Two Revision Tools That Never Let You Down: Detail and Description

    6. 4. How to Make Your Poem Come Alive with the Power of Diction

    7. 5. Simple but Powerful Tools to Boost Your Poem with Rhythm and Sound

    8. 6. Striking Line Breaks: What Do You Want to Emphasize in Your Poem?

    9. The Ultimate Revision Checklist

    10. Wrap-up: Sail into the Unknown and Return with Wonderful Poems

    11. Before You Go

About this course

  • $95.00
  • 11 lessons
  • 1 hour of audio content


Instructor Lisa Young

Lisa Young is the founder of the Wychwood Poetry Workshop and the poetry journal Juniper. Poems from Juniper have been selected to appear in the Best Canadian Poetry Anthology for the last three years. She is the author of the poetry collection When the Earth. Her poems appear in several publications, including Literary Review of Canada, One Hand Clapping, Minola Review, Poetry Pause, Verse-Virtual, and in the book, The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics.


  • Are there set times I have to be online?

    No. It is a self-paced course. You have 24/7 access for 60 days.

  • What if I need more time to access the course beyond the 60 days? Can I get an extension?

    Feel free to email us if you need more time to access the course at [email protected]

  • Is there interaction with the instructor or others enrolled in the course?

    This course doesn't include any interactive features. However, you are encouraged to email the instructor if you have any questions or feedback.

  • What is your refund policy?

    If you contact us within 24 hours of purchasing, we can offer a refund minus a $3.50 processing fee.

  • I have another question not listed here. How do I get in touch?

    Please email us at [email protected]