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Friday, May 22, 2009

Poetry Friday: Ellen Hopkins' Poetry Workshop

One of the highlights of the SCBWI WWA conference for me was Ellen Hopkins' poetry workshop. Besides being a moving speaker, it turned out she's also an excellent teacher (no surprise there). After some tips on writing verse, she invited us to write a poem about a memorable childhood experience. Here's mine:

The spaghetti straps on my dress
weren't wide enough,
my teacher said.
So the class and she
would make some

With the pop-pop-pop of
staples ripping out
they pulled crepe paper
from the bulletin board
in streams like

Wrap and turn,
wrap and turn.
The class and she wrapped me
until I was a mummy--
surrounded by
who had taken
my heart
to the

Not being an experienced poet, I braved the class read-aloud. She liked it! The class liked it! I floated all day.

Check out the rest of the Poetry Friday roundup at Susan Taylor Brown's blog, Susan Writes.


  1. I like your poem, too!
    Please float a little bit this weekend as well. Happy Weekend!

  2. Aw, thank you, Jaime! Have a great weekend.

  3. Thank you for your poem, Holly and for the link to her site. I think I'll participate one of these Fridays.

  4. Oh, I really like this too...

  5. Thanks, ladies! I feel all warm and fuzzy! I've always thought about what it would be like to write a verse novel - I love to read them.