Rockford Poet Laureate Christine Swanberg will hold two virtual poetry workshops this spring. (Photo via  City of Rockford Facebook Page)

ROCKFORD — Learn to write poetry from a pro this spring with two free online workshops hosted by the city’s poet laureate.

Christine Swanberg, who holds the city’s two-year honorary position, is offering two Zoom classes that focus on different disciplines.

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She has more than 500 published works in 75 nationally recognized journals and has won several accolades, including first prize in the Midwest Poetry Review, a merit scholarship to the Vermont Writers Program, and a Carl Sandburg fellowship.

The workshops

What: Crafting comparisons
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16
About: You’ll look at how comparisons such as similes and metaphors can add life to poetry and figure out ways to create original and unique writing.

What: Crafting sonnets and beyond
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
About: Think you can’t write a sonnet? Think again. Swanberg will share how after many years of writing free verse, writing sonnets became refreshing.

To register: Email