Would you know of an online poetry class that would give me feedback on my poems?
I'm happy to list the following opportunities. As always, read the guidelines and goals before submitting your work so you'll know the level of experience of those offering comments, as well as what type of feedback you'll receive. My rule of thumb is this: an excellent online experience is one in which other writers excite and inspire you to improve your work by not only saying what they like and what needs work, but also by offering ideas to fix problems or flesh out strengths.
If you're new to online opportunities, you should know the difference between the various experiences. Peer-driven groups are just that, ongoing online critique groups where you can post your work and members of the site — who might be published or not — will comment. Such groups are usually free, and while you can read anyone's work, you must be registered in order to leave comments.
Paid classes typically run for a specified length of time and are led by an instructor who offers a syllabus and feedback, much like an instructor would in a physical classroom.
Here are examples of both:
Ongoing peer-driven groups
• Poetry Forum
• The Gazebo: This site has helpful Guidelines for Participation
• Kalliope Online Poetry Workshop: This site has an extensive archive of writing exercises.
• Algonkian Poetry Workshops: These workshops include lessons, writing exercises, discussion and feedback on work.
• Naropa University: This alternative university in Boulder, CO, offers a variety of online classes in Writing and Poetics throughout the year.
• The Writers Studio: This organization has an online program with classes beginning in September.
Also considering searching the websites of your favorite living poets, since many earn extra income by offering online workshops.
If you know of other opportunities, feel free to leave a comment and share your knowledge.