Monday, September 15, 2014

I Heart Renee LaTulippe and Her Beautiful Lyrical Language Lab (Her Coolness Is Off The Meter, Folks!)

Tomorrow I'll post my story for Michael Di Gesu's blogfest. It is to help Melissa Bradley pay her medical bills from her cancer treatment. The stories will be compiled in an anthology. I hope you stop by for that too. 






I've always fancied myself a poet. I was a 'counting the syllables' poet. Hey, it worked for me. The only problem is Robyn "YOU CAN'T DO IT THAT WAY!" Sheesh. No wonder I never could get poetry anthologies to want my poems. They probably knew I was counting syllables on my fingers.

I never understood stressed and unstressed syllables because I always stressed the syllables in all the wrong places. I never could figure metrical feet and metrical lines. Rhyme schemes FREAKED me out!

Until!

I met her COOLNESS! Renee is an amazing poet AND a kind of SUPER WOMAN when it comes to teaching all the things about poetry that I never could process in my brain (which was pretty much everything pertaining to poetry). *ahem*

In June I took Renee's Lyrical Language Lab and people I never looked back! I am going to post a couple of poems that I wrote during the class so you can see what a fantabulous teacher she is.

All writers need to learn about the way words work on the page to give readers a pleasurable experience. How words make sentences and sentences make paragraphs isn't enough. There are certain ways to arrange the words on the page to make the writing lyrical. This is where Dr. Renee comes in. (I have named her a doctor of lyrical Language.) Who should take the course?



EVERY writer can benefit from this course. Want to learn about double dactyls and anapests? How about some trochaic? You want to learn about the music, poetry makes out of words? (Renee's words, not mine.) :-) Want to learn scansion? YES, PEOPLE! I can scan poetry. SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! How about free verse? All this and more. Renee has an easy going way of teaching that makes learning F-U-N! She doesn't pressure. She has a down home way about her. You feel comfortable writing your poetry from the very first day. DID I MENTION SHE LIVES IN ITALY???? So. If you take her course, it's kinda like you're in Italy. Sometimes she greets you in Italian. How cool is that? 

I can see how this course has helped my novel writing. It's like this. Words are powerful. Knowing the right words to choose makes your writing powerful. I see my scenes becoming real. My descriptions are lyrical. The writing is tighter. The imagery, strong.  

Did I mention you receive PERSONAL feedback from the DOCTOR? YES! Sing it! Doctor, Doctor, please can't you see the mess I'm in? Doctordoctor, please Can't you help me with my rhyming? (Apologies to UFO.) :-) Go visit Renee over at No Water River and meet her. Her blog house is wonderful. Here's the link for the Lyrical Language Lab course. The most bodacious lab, you've ever had! Here are two poems I wrote while taking Renee's course. I have since written many poems, and I plan on submitting to some anthologies and online poetry magazines. So a HUGE shout out and a gigantic thank you to Dr. Renee LaTulippe for showing me the wonderful world of poetry and rhyme. 

Rhyme scheme 
Brilliant Bluebird
A bluebird sits in the old pine tree,
dressed in blue for the jubilee.
He plumps his feathers for the show, 
(he's an absolute Romeo.)
He hears the other birds complain,
But Bluebird's there to entertain.
He ignores the jealous looks,
his name will be in storybooks.
Bluebird's lilt and rolling sway,
make all of nature want to stay
to listen to his graceful song.
He wants you to come along.
He's the star of this bird show,
(he's an absolute Romeo.)

Free verse poem about Christopher
He's cherished and sassy,
labeled rare by the medical world.
An heirloom rose,
to our family.
Treasured,
admired.
Thanks for reading. :-)



38 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful, Robyn. I've always played with poetry, but I've never studied it. Glad you got so much out of it. I might consider this course, if I can find the time. LOL

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  2. Sheri, you MUST take this course. YOU MUST!!! Find the time. Actually, MAKE the time. xoxo

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  3. Good for you, Robyn! I've long known I wasn't a poet, but maybe if I studied...?

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  4. BISH! YES. If you studied. PLEASE. You have no idea how much you will learn. I truly get it all now. I'm so thankful for Renee. You must take the course! So good to see you, my friend.

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  5. I know writers who have a poetic flair to their words and I'm sure they use some of the techniques she teaches.

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  6. Alex, they do. She is amazing. ALL writers should take her course. Hey, you need it for writing and your music. :-)

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  7. Thanks for sharing your sweet poems. I'm glad you've learned so much about poetry.

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  8. Hey, T. Me too. Now to submit some. To Vine Leaves in October. Yeah! :-)

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  9. So glad you got so much out of the class. I am so not a poet and admire poets very much. And picture book writers.

    Thanks for sharing your sweet poems with us.

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  10. Natalie, thanks. :-) You made me smile. Poetry can help you, friend. You write novels. You'd be amazed at all the ways it would help your stories.

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  11. Wow, it sounds like Renee teaches a great course! I loved your poems too, Robyn!

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  12. Hey, Mayhew. Thanks so much. YOU need to take this course. YOU DO! I mean it. :-) Listen to your pal.

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  13. I be lovin' your Romeo bird, girlfriend! And I second the wonders the LLL can do! Renee ROCKS!

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  14. Lucky Renee to have you sing her praises so! One of these days I too will take her course. LOVE your poems, Rob - absolutely wonderful! :)

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  15. Nice post, Robyn! Your poems are great! Not long now until I do the course too. Can't wait.

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  16. I love your poetry, Robyn. Good on you for taking a course to push your skills further!

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  17. Julie, thanks. I be smiling at your comment. :-) LLL is SO COOL. I'm bursting to tell the world.

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  18. Hey, Sus. I just want everyone to know it's vital to take this course. I will keep reminding you about this too. :-) I SHALL NOT leave you alone. :-) Thank you for the words about my poems. That means so very much.

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  19. Catherine, TAKE IT ALREADY! I hope you're signed up. What a compliment coming from you about my poems. Thanks, pal.

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  20. Yvette, thanks for your kind words about my poetry. I hope you sign up. This class is worth it. Your novel writing will EXPLODE, girl. I promise.

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  21. A poet thee are,
    Great poems are they - write you do
    Enjoy a donut.
    - Haiku
    Erik :D

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  22. Erik, *snort* Love that haiku. Like it Yoda will too. *snicker* You deserve 10 donuts for making me giggle so much. I think coffee went shooting out my nose. :-)

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  23. Hey Robyn,
    I loved your Brilliant Bluebird poem, and of course your awesome tribute to Christopher. Your love shines bright. I would like to take the course, but with my work schedule I wouldn't be able work at it everyday.
    Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  24. Tracy, you don't have to worry about that. You have days off during the week. You can catch up then. And the lessons only take about thirty minutes a day to complete. You can do your homework on the off days. Thanks for liking my poetry. I am having the time of my life writing them. Hugs, cuz. :-)

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  25. Isn't Renee the absolute BEST?! I love that course so much!

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  26. I do too, Teresa. I love her and that course. I just want folks to see they can use it for novel writing too. :-)

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  27. Hi Robyn ..that sounds a fun course to take - and obviously you enjoyed it hugely. I imagine one's vocabulary improves too ... what a great find ...

    Amazing and I love your bluebird poem, while Christopher's rings true ... a very treasured heirloom ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  28. Hey Hil, thank you for your beautiful words on my poems. You know how much my Christopher means to me. I did learn a lot. She's an amazing teacher and has become a friend (i.e. puts up with my antics). Ha. Want to take the course? Hugs, Hil.

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  29. Sounds like a wonderful course, Robyn. I like your poems.

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  30. Janet, thanks for liking my poems. I was a little nervous about posting them. The course is excellent. You should take it woman.

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  31. How exciting! Love that you the poetry doctor was able to help you. Thanks for sharing your poems with us. :) Both of them are great.

    I can definitely see how learning lyrical techniques can make our writing better for our readers.
    ~Jess

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  32. Hey Jess! That class was the best thing I did for my writing. My writing has exploded.

    Thanks for reading my poems. I am subbing to poetry anthologies now. Wish me luck!

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  33. Sounds wonderful. I used to write a lot of poetry but wondered if the mechanics were correct.

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  34. I PROMISE you this class will help your writing. She is amazing. She makes it look so easy (and it is with her teaching). I could not believe how much I learned, Medeia.

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  35. GAH! How / why did I never see this? Thank you so much for all your kind words, Robyn. It was such a delight to have you in class and see your work get better and better through revision. I know I kept nagging you about the bluebird poem, but your revisions paid off. You are a doll -- and a lyrical one at that. Smooches!!!

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  36. Renee, I heart you, my friend. I'm lyrical. WOWOWOW!!!! That is the most wonderful compliment in the world!!!

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  37. That sounds interesting. Looks like fun.

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