Poiema

Institute for faith, culture, and creativity

Poiema Courses

All courses have a robust reading and writing component to them. The courses under the writing section are writing intensive while those under the Great Books section are reading intensive.


WRITING COURSES

Writing with Wisdom and Eloquence: PW101 (August 2017)

This course teaches the craft of writing with a focus on the canons of persuasive prose, the elements of fine storytelling, and the fundamentals of poetic verse taught within the context of the best representative literature. Features of this course are ancient rhetoric, the progymnasmatas (classical writing exercises), an introduction to the great books, and the influence of humane letters on the life of the mind of a writer. 

Writing in the Great Conversation: PW102 (launches Fall 2018)

This course expands on PW101, the craft of writing wisely and eloquently, with a focus on the writing styles and literary movements of the poets and philosophers of the past 2500 years. Features of this course include a survey of the great books from antiquity to modernity, comedy and tragedy, satire, and the poetry of argument. 


GREAT BOOKS COURSES

Great Books of the Ancient Period: PH101 (launches Fall 2018)

This course explores the literature, history, philosophy, and theology of the ancient period in a true liberal arts fashion. Students taking this course will read primary sources, participate in Socratic dialogue, write creatively and reflectively,  and with the aid of a qualified tutor, learn the interconnectedness of ideas and their consequences directly from the ancients themselves. The goal of this course is to help writers and creative professionals shape their voice, and enrich the well from which they draw their inspiration. A particular emphasis of exploration in this course will be the influence of and relationship between the three great cultural capitals of the day: Athens, Jerusalem, and Rome.

Great Books of the Medieval Period: PH102 (launches Fall 2018)

This course explores the literature, history, philosophy, and theology of the Medieval period in a true liberal arts fashion. Students taking this course will read primary sources, participate in Socratic dialogue, write creatively and reflectively,  and with the aid of a qualified tutor, learn the interconnectedness of ideas and their consequences directly from the Medievals themselves. The goal of this course is to help writers and creative professionals shape their voice, and enrich the well from which they draw their inspiration. A particular emphasis of exploration in this course will be the development and influence of the Christian church on Western civilization during the middle ages.

Great Books of the Modern Period: PH103 (launches Fall 2018)

This course explores the literature, history, philosophy, and theology of the Modern and Post-modern periods in a true liberal arts fashion. Students taking this course will read primary sources, participate in Socratic dialogue, write creatively and reflectively,  and with the aid of a qualified tutor, learn the interconnectedness of ideas and their consequences directly from the Modern and Post-modern thinkers themselves. The goal of this course is to help writers and creative professionals shape their voice, and enrich the well from which they draw their inspiration. A particular emphasis of exploration in this course will be the influence of the Enlightenment thinkers on modern culture.

A book is a friend that will do what no friend does–be silent when we wish to think.

-Will Durant