To apply for a spot in the University of Iowa’s online poetry class I had to write a paper explaining why I would be a good candidate. It took lots of revision to complete a paper that Mrs. Frye and I were satisfied with.




October 18, 2016


To Whom It May Concern,

    I am a highschool freshman at a small school that encourages personal creativity and I am incredibly interested in taking the Sensory Overload: Poetic Perception and Poetic Technique class so I can expand my knowledge of poetry. I have had a large interest in writing and reading poetry since my elementary school days. Writing poetry is a relaxing experience for me, so taking a class on it would be enjoyable. Some of my favorite poems are ‘’If I Could But Forget” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, “Spirits of the Dead” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “Before The Dawn” by Federico Garcia Lorca.

I consider myself an artist and I incorporate poetry into my art. By using different techniques of writing poetry and expanding my view of the world could immensely improve my art. Additionally, I am excited to experiment with how I  perceive the world and in doing so, become a better poet.

   I have a  very specific style of poetry and substance that I stick to. It would be beneficial for me to write and explore different poetic styles about a variety of topics and in a range of different writing styles. Also, I want to learn more about the guidelines of poetry and all the different types of poetry there are.

    Taking this class means a lot to me and I will devote whatever time needed to the class and any assignments. As well as improving my writing skills, the college credit will assist me with my goal to graduate a year early.

    I  have an interest in pursuing a writing career after college and write in my free time just for the enjoyment. Becoming a more experienced and knowledgeable poet will not just improve the way others see my writing but it will improve the way I view my own writing as well. Having a sense of accomplishment about something I’ve written is important to me. Hopefully, after taking this class, my poetry writing style will improve and it will become easier for me to write about something without pondering it to a point of frustration. I’d like to be the kind of writer who can find inspiration in everyday things.



Mya Washam

Springfield, Missouri