Poetry Tips for Beginners: How to Get Started Now

12 April 2018 |by admin | 1 Comments | Poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

If you’re a writer looking for poetry tips, welcome to this Little River Poetry Fest blog post! Use the following to help begin your adventure into poetry:

Read, Read, Read

One of the best ways to get started as an absolute beginner is to immerse yourself in the genre. If you think you’d like the classics, try works by Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, or John Keats. If something a little more recent sounds interesting, try masterworks from Rupi Kaur, Maya Angelou, or Pablo Neruda. Sometimes just reading a wide swath of celebrated works can light the fire in your heart you need to write your own pieces.

Figure Out the Rules

If you read the pieces above, you probably noticed that many seem completely different from each other! There’s a lot of different types of poetry, and while many seasoned poets will tell you the rules of poetry are more like guidelines, it’s still a good idea to test out the bounds of the poetry you want to write. Check out this post from the Academy of American Poets with articles on 19 different forms of poetry!

Don’t Fence Yourself In

While it can be a good idea to work within the bounds of poetry’s many forms, there’s no reason you need to feel constrained when it comes to your subject. Poetry doesn’t have to be about nature, feelings, or epic loves. Anything you can imagine that can be captured in writing can be poetry. For examples of poetry with unconventional subjects, read a few pieces by Shel Silverstein or Chaucer.

Be Gentle, Young Poet

When all is said and done, even those celebrated poets with a knack for turning out beloved verses did not become legends overnight. The artistic process is full of scrapes and spills, and is more like a lifetime well lived than a single journey with an ultimate destination. Give yourself time and space to experiment with new forms, write what moves you, and explore this whole new branch of creativity without spending too much time worry about the “right” way to write. Every step forward, no matter how shaky or small, is still progress.


If you’d like to learn more about poetry or get additional poetry tips, consider joining us at the Little River Poetry Festival. Visit our website to learn more! 


What do I Need to Know About Poetry to Attend a Poetry Festival?

22 March 2018 |by admin | 2 Comments | Uncategorized

There’s always a little rush of uncertainty when choosing to attend a poetry festival for the first time. Big events often leave potential attendees wondering exactly what they need to know to attend. Here’s a few ideas for dipping your toes in before attending a poetry festival.

Bring Your Interest Along

This is one of the first and easiest parts of attending any poetry festival. If you have a passion, a curiosity, or even just basic interest in poetry, you should absolutely take a chance on a festival. They are a great starting point, filled with attendees who will share their love of poetry and their experience with you! At the Little River Poetry Festival, we have distinguished and published guest poets, as well as fresh-faced guests looking to learn more at our workshops.

A Little Research Goes a Long Way

If you’re feeling intimidated when thinking about attending a poetry festival, consider doing a little research first. Google makes it possible to see feedback from previous years’ guests, clips of featured events or poets, and a list of activities! Knowing exactly what you’re signing up for will help work out your first-fest jitters. Visit our website at http://littleriverpoetryfest.com to learn more about our group activities.

Don’t Be Afraid to Be Yourself

At the end of the day, your talents and interests make you unique. Sometimes, pairing an interest that is seemingly unrelated with poetry can produce dynamic new results.  After all, the bounty of nature and good company is not reserved only for serious poets. There is always something new to learn with a change of environment. We have musicians, painters, and families all planning to join us for the festival this year, each looking to pull inspiration from a tranquil weekend in the gorgeous Floyd countryside.

The long and short of all this is you don’t need to know anything in particular to attend a poetry festival – you just have to attend with a sincere heart and an open mind. If this sounds like you, please join us June 15 – 17 for the Little River Poetry Festival.