Collect class poems in a booklet

Our poetry book template makes it easy for several poets to work together in a single document that can be printed out as a booklet. To get the template in Word, go to File > New, and search for poetry template, or download it from our website.

Here are tips for going from start to finish with the template.

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Each page of the booklet starts with a new poem. To set up the booklet with a blank page waiting for each poet, do this:

  1. Put your cursor before "Authors" in the heading on the last page, and then go to Insert and choose Page Break.

  2. Click near the top of the new, blank page and type a placeholder title.

  3. Press Enter, and type the poet's name.

  4. Repeat these steps for each poet.

Tip: To use text layouts from the example poems, select the poem, including title and author name. Then copy and paste it onto the new, blank page. Replace the example text with placeholder text.

If a poem fills up more than one page, Word will add a page to take care of that, without messing up other pages in the booklet.

If you need to delete a page, just delete everything on the page until Word removes the page.

To give everyone access to the booklet, you'll be saving it in OneDrive and inviting the other poets in.

  1. In the upper-right corner of Word, select Share.

  2. Choose a OneDrive location, and give the booklet a name.

  3. Enter the names (email addresses) of your fellow poets.

  4. Make sure you're giving them permission to edit the document, and write a message for them if you want.

  5. Select Share.

The other poets will receive email that includes a link to the booklet. When they follow the link, they'll be working simultaneously in the document.

To write their poem, they press Enter after their name, and start typing.

  • Stumped for just the right word in your poem?

    Try right-clicking a word and going to Synonyms for a short list of alternatives, or Thesaurus for a more comprehensive list.

  • Sticking to a meter, writing a limerick or haiku?

    Show the breaks between syllables by going to View > Learning Tools > Syllables

  • Want to hear what your poem sounds like?

    Select your poem. then go to Review > Read Aloud.

Images in the booklet are laid out behind the text on each page. Here's how to add your own:

  1. Go to Insert > Online Pictures.

  2. Find a picture you like, and select Insert.

  3. Delete the text box that contains the caption.

  4. Select the picture, select Layout Options, and then choose Behind Text.

  5. Change the size and placement of the picture by dragging it on the page.

Images in the booklet are laid out behind the text on each page. Here's how to add your own:

  1. Go to Insert > Picture from File.

  2. Find the picture you want to use, and select Insert.

  3. Select the picture, and on the Format Picture tab in the ribbon select Wrap Text, and then choose Behind Text.

  4. Change the size and placement of the picture by dragging it on the page.

The list of authors at the end of the booklet is laid out in a table, and the easiest way to move from the text column to the picture column is by pressing the Tab key.

  1. Replace the "Ernesto Mazza" text with real author info.

  2. Press the Tab key.

  3. With Ernesto's picture selected, right-click, go to Change Picture, and choose From a File.

  4. Browse to your picture of the real author, and select Insert.

  5. Press the Tab key again to go to the next author's info.

  6. When you get to the end of the list, pressing the Tab key adds a new row to the table. Continue to add text and pictures for each poet.

The table of contents keeps track of which poems are on which pages, and you can update it at any time.

  1. Click anywhere in the table of contents.

  2. Select Update Table.

  3. Choose Update entire table, and then click OK.

The document is designed so that each page of the booklet takes up half of a landscape-oriented page, printed double-sided.

  1. Go to File > Print.

  2. Choose Print on Both Sides, Flip pages on short edge.

  3. Select Print.

If you want to print the booklet in color, be sure to choose a color printer. You might have to select Printer Properties and specify Color in your printer's dialog box.

  1. Go to File > Print.

  2. For Layout, switch two-sided printing on, and select Flip horizontally.

  3. Select Print.

For a staple-bound booklet, fold the stack of paper in half, and use a long-reach stapler to staple along the fold.

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