Poetry Friday: Announcing The Lyrical Language Lab Online Course (and Giveaway!)


The winner will be announced later today. Thank you for your interest and good luck!


I’m back! (Almost.)

Hello, friends. Welcome to another Poetry Friday roundup! I’m trying out a thumbnail linky list, so please add your link, image, and short title to the list at the end of the post and we’ll see how it goes.

It’s also time to announce the winner of the giveaway from last week. Random.com tells me that the proud new owner of The Poem That Will Not End by Joan Bransfield Graham is….

Linda Baie!

Congratulations, Linda! I’ll be contacting you for your address. I know you’ll enjoy this marvelous book!


On to the Poetry Friday festivities….

As you may have noticed, I have largely been missing from Poetry Friday for the past few months. I’ve missed you! The NCTE SPOTLIGHT SERIES takes a crazy amount of time, and I’ll be focusing mostly on that this year. But never fear – I still have some amazing poetic talents lined up for the spring, their videos already in the coffers. I’ve made it easier to find what you’re looking for by adding a new BLOG POST INDEX tab to the navigation bar. Check it out!

I’ve also been scrambling to write stories for two new leveled readers due out this summer. But the main reason I’ve been absent is that I’ve been holed up since October developing an online writing course. And now I’m pleased to announce the imminent launch of


Consider this my little way of bringing more people to poetry and more poetry to prose! I won’t get into too many details on this post since interested parties can click here to check out the new LYRICAL LANGUAGE LAB information page.

I will just say that this is a language-level course designed for

  • Rhyming PB writers who would like a stronger foundation in the mechanics of poetry
  • Prose PB writers who would like to punch up the lyricism of their writing through poetic techniques
  • Writers who would like to learn more about writing poetry for children

The first class begins on April 1, 2014. And there’s a giveaway below!

For Poetry Friday, several of my beta testers (all children’s writers, most non-rhymers, and most first-timers to Poetry Friday) have posted some of their short practice poems from the meter lessons, some along with the feedback I gave on their drafts. Please visit them to see what they’ve been up to.

And I will share a further couple of poems by another beta tester, this one from the lesson on anapests.

by Victoria Richardson Warneck

In the heart of the woods where I walk every day
an improbable boulder digests its address.
Could it talk it might tell of a home far away
that it left long ago on the glacier express.

And this one from the double dactyl challenge. I can relate!

by Victoria Richardson Warneck

Boria Snoria,
Lazy Victoria,
seldom awoke before
quarter to one.

Prone on her sofa she’d
moan that she never got
anything done!



To celebrate the launch, I’m giving away one admission to the course to be redeemed in the month of the winner’s choosing. Just leave a comment letting me know you’d like to be entered. You can enter for yourself or give the course to someone else if you win. Names will be entered into random.org and the winner announced on February 21. 


Now bring on the poetry links!


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See more poems in my poetry video library. 

“Erratic” and “Lazy Victoria” © 2014 Victoria Richardson Warneck. All other content © 2014 Renee M. LaTulippe. All rights reserved.

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  1. I’d love to take this course in the future. Good luck to everyone. You give wonderful critiques Renee so I’m sure you will rock this!!!

  2. Hi Renee–
    Your course sound like the exact thing I need! Thanks for the opportunity to win the chance to learn with you.

  3. Congratulations, Renee! The course sounds wonderful…as is everything you are involved in.:)
    I read about the giveaway on Alayne Christian’s post…I’d love to be entered to win. I love writing picture books in rhyme…but it is DARN hard to get it right, without sacrificing the story and/or the characters (mine don’t always survive:).
    Thank you for the opportunity…it is very generous of you!

  4. Count me in for the giveaway, Renee! Wishing you great luck with your newest venture. Great last line on Victoria’s quatrain — it’s scientific and clever and rhymes, too.

    All this month, I’m inviting creative souls to participate in a project. We are writing (or drawing) in response to Pantone paint colors. PF regulars Linda Baie, Margaret Simon, and Diane Mayr have joined in. I hope more of the Poetry Friday gang gives it a try.


  5. I would love to be in the drawing for a free admission to your Language Lab. Strengthening the lyricism of my prose would be wonderful!

    Thank you for offering such a phenomenal opportunity.

  6. Renee,
    I have been an admirer of yours for a while now. Your site is always inspiring and full of great poetry. I’d love to enter the give away for your new online course. This may be just what I need to boost my skills. It’s a scary idea, too, which makes me think it’s just what I need. Thanks for the offer and I look forward to updates about the course.

  7. Renee, I would love to be entered in your give-away! Almost all I write is rhyming picture books. How I would love to take your course. And welcome back!

  8. Congratulations Renee!
    Your class sounds amazing.
    I am in desperate need of livening up my prose writing. Would love to take this course sometime during the year.

  9. Thanks for all, Renee. What fun poems from previous writers! I’d love to be entered too-I know I would learn so much. And, I’m thrilled to win Rose’s book. It just sounded so good! (If I don’t win the course giveaway, how fast do you wish us to sign up anyway?)

  10. Hi Renee, Your course sounds wonderful! I am not a poet and also do not write in rhyme. However, I would love to be able to learn more about lyrical rhythm and the technicalities of poetry in order to spice up my picture book manuscripts. I would love to enter your contest. Thank you for your wonderful posts and happy creating to you. T.

  11. Hi Renee,
    Your course sounds great! I’d love to enter to win the opportunity to participate! I see some familiar names who are also entering…may the best rhymer win…or the luckiest! LOL

  12. Hi Renee, I can’t get through on the subscribe box with my email address. Each time I try it rejects and states unable to use email with Feedburner. Could you let me know how to subscribe please?
    Congratulations on the launch of your course, and would love to do that also and be entered into the draw.
    Many thanks,
    Leslee Anne Hewson

  13. We’re going to have to start calling you Wonder Woman! Congratulations on your new online course and thank you again for everything you do for children’s poetry.

    Special treat at Alphabet Soup today: 3 teatime poems and Eileen Spinelli’s recipe for British Brown Betty. Also announcing the winner of The Poem That Will Not End Giveaway.

    Thanks for hosting the Roundup this week!

  14. Renee,
    Your course sounds interesting. I’d love to be entered into the drawing to possibly win a free entry to learn more about poetry from you.

    Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. Looking forward to stopping back to follow the links later today.


  15. I’d like to be entered in the course giveaway! I love writing in rhyme, but it’s never quite right! Thanks for offering the course!!

  16. Hi Renee! Your course looks fantastic! I would love to learn the mechanics and the art of writing in poetry and lyrical prose. Please enter me into the drawing to win your course giveaway! 🙂

  17. Renee,

    Your course looks so useful and fun. Congratulations! I’m definitely interested in taking it, so please enter me in the drawing for the giveaway. Thank you!

  18. Awesome. I really need this. I tried to subscribe to receive your posts by email but the Feedburner’s not working. 🙁

  19. Please enter me. I just attended a POL competition and my appreciation for poetry is piqued. I would like to learn more . Thank you.

  20. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a seat in your class! I love poetry but am pretty much clueless when it comes to meter, stresses, etc. I heard about this via Alayne Kay Christian & she did a good job w/her quatrains. Hope I win!

  21. Please enter me in the drawing to win your awesome course!
    Thanks @SylviaLiu for the link to this great site and opportunity.

  22. I am so happy to have found your site and would love to take your course. I write picture books, and some are in rhyme, but I want to perfect that skill. Thank you!

  23. Renee, I was so excited for you when I first saw a post about your online course. Now that I’ve read more about it, I’m excited for me! It looks like it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. YAY!

  24. Glad to “see” you again, Renee! Yes, I’d love to win an opportunity to take your course! I’m very intrigued by the idea of a Lyrical Language Lab. Thanks for hosting and for sharing your new venture. = )

  25. Congratulations on your new course! What a gift you’re giving others by investing the time to put all of your knowledge, strengths and passions together! Thanks for hosting today, Renee!

  26. The Lyrical Language Lab course sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I appreciate being considered for the give away. Thank you.

  27. As an illustrator who writes, I am always looking for ways to improve my craft. Will you please enter me in the giveaway? (though this course sounds like a bargain worth budgeting for) Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. I can’t believe the talent in MPBM classes. and thanks to the link in the facebook MPBM page I found out your offering. Please count me in as a wanna be. I would be so thrilled to receive your class. thanks for this opportunity. 🙂

  29. Hi Renee,

    Congrats on the class! 🙂 Please sign me up for the drawing.

    Please keep me posted as the course sign up nears. I am in need of learning how to write poetry and prose!

    Thank you and thank you for the chance to win a spot in the class 🙂

  30. Hey Renee,

    All the way at the bottom of the page,
    Here we are at the comments,
    And I would like to say no matter what
    I would like to be considered for your contest!

    See, can you tell I need the class, ha, ha?!!!

    I would love to be part of this. I took a college course in epoetics and thought it would help me with my skill, but instead it only delved into poetry and historic poets, which, by the way, I wish to one day be!

    Thank you, Gracie, I appreciate your consideration
    Gina Marie DeRose

  31. Well, I totally missed Poetry Friday this week, but I would love to be entered in your give away. It sounds just wonderful.

  32. I want to write in rhyme,
    I practice all the time.
    The lyrical language lab
    Sounds absolutely fab.
    It may be just what I need
    To help my work succeed!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win space in your course, and to KidLit411 for sharing the link! My favorite book as a child was Each Peach Pear Plum because I memorized it and could “read” it all by myself. I think that is the reason why most of my picture book manuscripts include word play.

  33. Just found your blog and love all the information. I’ve had a couple of rhyming text’s bouncing around in my head for a while and would love the chance to explore their potential better.

  34. I’m pretty sure that I’m late for this. HOWEVER, a chance to be entered to win a free class of yours, would be the Most!! So PLEASE enter me in your giveaway. Yaay, for you and your new online class. Much success!

  35. Have I not entered yet? Well, let me rectify the situation now! Sounds like you’ve got an intriguing course lined up…best wishes for success with it.

  36. I have a manuscript that has been tabled for 2 years and counting. It’s rhyming and I can’t seem to get it right. This course sounds like the perfect opportunity to pull it out and work on it again.

  37. LYRICAL LANGUAGE LAB sounds lovely! I have Greg Pincus to thank first for sharing this on FB, and now you, too, Renee, because your site is the answer to my poetry meter prayers.
    Thanks in advance for this great giveaway and for entering me.
    You’re bookmarked! 🙂

  38. Sounds like an awesome course
    where I can learn meter and rhyme,
    and I would very much pleased
    to take it and not pay a dime!

    (I bet it is worth every penny but my finances aren’t friendly right now.) So please enter me in the contest. I’d love to take part.

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