What is the course about?
On this advanced course, you'll have the opportunity to develop your poetry. You will take your craft in new directions with the intention of maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and students' work will be discussed and critiqued in detail. By the end of the course you should ideally be producing poetry of publishable quality.
Students say: "This has been a fantastic course - both supportive and critical"; "The group dynamic was excellent and the teacher's advice was very helpful"; "A supportive yet challenging atmosphere, with constant encouragement to write regularly"; "A constructive and collaborative atmosphere.".
What will we cover?
- Redrafting and rethinking your own poetry, broadening your range and maturing your poetic voice
- Aspects of technique which you are grappling with in your work or want to explore further
- Exploring some approaches in contemporary poetry
- How to submit work for publication
- How to read your work at poetry venues
- Information about readings and opportunities for publication.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Edit and revise your work
- Read your poems aloud, and submit them for publication if you want
- Respond to and assess poetry with sensitivity.
You should also have:
- Developed your skills as a poet
- Written some poems of publishable quality.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for more experienced writers of poetry who have been writing poems for a year or more. City Lit offers introductory 'Ways into poetry' and intermediate 'The Poetry Lab' courses for less experienced writers.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Reading aloud and discussing your own work and that of other participants
- Presentations by tutor on particular topics of interest and aspects of technique relevant to participants’ work, followed by class discussion
- Reading and discussing contemporary poems relevant to topics and techniques being discussed
- Optional homework exercises and suggestions to help you develop your own poetry
- Sharing information about readings, competitions and how to submit work for publication.
The tutor will invite participants to suggest topics and aspects of technique which they want to explore, and may also suggest some herself. If students do not want to read their poetry aloud, other arrangements can be made for sharing the work.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Paper and pen/pencil. You will need to make copies of your work to share with the class; these will be returned to
you as soon as the reading is over.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Poets who have completed this course might want to continue their writing journey on The poetry lab or our Advanced poetry workshop. For more information please browse the writing section of our website.