Institute for faith, culture, and creativity

Writing with Wisdom and Eloquence

This course teaches the craft of writing wisely and eloquently in four eight-week modules using the best representative literature.


  1. Module one will focus on the theory of poetics proper.
  2. Module two will focus on the canons of persuasive prose.
  3. Module three will focus on the elements of fine storytelling.
  4. Module four will focus on the fundamentals of poetic verse.

Features of this course include ancient rhetoric, the progymnasmata (classical writing exercises), an introduction to the liberal arts, and the influence of humane letters on the life of the mind of a writer.

Course Objectives

Students who satisfactorily complete this course will be equipped to write wisely and eloquently so they can engage their culture with compelling stories, persuasive essays, and inspiring poetry.

Course Format

  • Registration opens April 15th (limited space available).
  • Class begins August 21st and ends May 13th (see calendar).
  • Read approximately 20 books* (see tentative book list).
  • Participate in weekly Socratic discussions on assigned readings.
  • Live online socratic discussions with the tutor (1 hr).
  • Write approximately 500 words per day.

*Book list will not be finalized until registration closes. While every book on the list will be a valuable addition to the writer’s library, it is recommended registrants wait for the instructor’s syllabus to purchase required books.

Course Benefits

  • Membership to a private Facebook group for class discussions.
  • Access to a personal tutor in weekly online discussions.
  • Complete a work of publishable length and quality by end of course.
  • Acquire proven techniques to conquer writer’s block forever.
  • Leverage the power of poetic argumentation.
  • Learn how to read like a writer.
  • Gain valuable tips on publishing, marketing, and building a platform.
  • Earn a Poiema Certificate of Completion.


  • August 21st: Class Starts
  • October 16-22: Autumn Break – NO CLASS
  • November 20-26:  Thanksgiving Week – NO CLASS
  • Christmas Week (Dec. 18-31) – NO CLASS
  • January 1: Class resumes
  • February: 18-25: Late Winter Break – NO CLASS
  • April 1-8: Spring Break – NO CLASS
  • May 6-13: Last week of class

Tuition and Fees

  • $847 + Books (not included)
  • After May 1st – $947 + Books (not included)
  • After July 1st – $1097 + Books (not included)
  • Registration closes on August 1st.