Certified Poetry Writing Professional (CPWP)

Writing effective poetry is a skill that must be learned, even though it is a means of self-expression like any other art form. No one is born with the talent to create effective poetry. The Certified Poetry Writing Professional certification teaches you the elements that go into creating beautiful poetry as well as the methods you may use to start or enhance your own writing.

It’s vital to gain a foundational understanding of the relevance of poetry from the past and present before picking up a pen and creating your own works. You will learn about the development of poetry, what it has meant to many poets over the years, how it has been utilized, and what to think about if you want to write spoken word or children’s poetry.

Certification Program Objectives:

  • Understand the most important poetic concepts and devices and how to use them. Have a solid understanding of the history of poetry.
  • Possess proficiency in a variety of poetry styles
  • Possess the capacity to recognize and play around with various poetry structures
  • Utilize a variety of literary devices, including meter, rhyme, and figurative language, with confidence in your own writing. Recognize and cultivate your unique “poet’s voice.”
  • Become familiar with the forms and methods that work best for your voice.
  • Knowing how poems are published can give you the confidence to submit your work to literary journals.

Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • 2 – 5 years of relevant work experience

Certification Modules:

Module 1: The Language of Poetry
Module 2: Form and Structure
Module 3: Figurative Language – Imagery
Module 4: Metre and Rhythm
Module 5: Poetic Devices and Techniques
Module 6: Poetic Forms and Styles

* The modules of the certification are constantly updated and are subject to change.

Who Should Do This Certification:

This certification is designed for individuals who possess a passion for poetry and aspire to hone their craft to a professional level. It is suitable for:

  • Aspiring Poets: Individuals who have a love for poetry and wish to refine their skills under the guidance of experienced poets and educators.
  • Creative Writers: Writers who want to expand their repertoire and delve deeper into the intricacies of poetic expression, adding depth and versatility to their creative endeavors.
  • Students and Scholars: Literature students, academics, and researchers interested in studying the art of poetry in a structured and comprehensive manner.
  • Teachers and Educators: Educators seeking to enhance their understanding of poetry to better instruct and inspire their students in the classroom.
  • Editors and Publishers: Professionals working in the publishing industry who wish to gain insights into the craft of poetry to better evaluate and support emerging poets.
  • Freelance Writers and Bloggers: Writers looking to diversify their writing portfolio and explore the world of poetry as a means of self-expression or as content for blogs and publications.
  • Poetry Enthusiasts: Anyone with a keen interest in poetry, regardless of prior experience, who wishes to deepen their understanding of poetic forms, techniques, and traditions.
  • Professionals in Related Fields: Individuals working in fields such as marketing, advertising, or therapy, where creativity and communication are essential, can benefit from understanding the power and nuances of poetic language.
  • Life Coaches and Therapists: Professionals interested in using poetry as a tool for self-reflection, healing, and personal growth, both for themselves and for their clients.
  • Language and Literature Enthusiasts: Those with a general interest in language, literature, and the arts who seek to explore the beauty and complexity of poetry in greater depth.

Whether you’re a seasoned writer looking to master the craft of poetry or a newcomer eager to embark on a poetic journey, this certification provides a structured and comprehensive pathway to developing your skills and understanding of poetry as an art form.