What is the course about?
Want to take your poetry to masterclass level? This course challenges students to explore new ways of working with language, form and structure in their poetry. Students will have the opportunity to workshop their poetry and develop new avenues in their verse, polishing their poems for performance and publication. The course will include tutor instruction and writing exercises alongside the workshop element. The course is suitable for students who have experience in an advanced workshop setting. Please note that full attendance and participation is expected at this level of study.
Please note that this course is located in a room with step access. If you have difficulties with mobility or use a wheelchair please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Students are invited to perform in a special masterclass spot at the City Lit Late Lines event. Late Lines takes place offsite at the Star of Kings Pub, near King’s Cross. Regrettably, the location is reached via a flight of stairs so may not be accessible for students with disabilities. For more details, please click here.
What will we cover?
Topics will include but are not limited to:
- Techniques for manipulating classic and emerging forms.
- Using schools of poetry to inform your writing.
- Innovative uses of the poetic conceit.
- New approaches to rhyme and rhythm.
- Methods for revising your poetry.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Redraft your poetry to a more advanced standard incorporating techniques explored in class and feedback received.
- Participate constructively in a workshop setting
- Respond to and assess poetry with critical insight.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced poetry writing course. Students will be expected to have written a number of poems to a publishable standard. Students will need to submit up to three poems to email@example.com by the Friday 30th of August 2019 to be considered.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will include a mix of tutor led discussion, workshop readings, critical feedback from the class on your own poems, tutor feedback and discussions of theory and structure and writing and redrafting exercises in and out of class time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil with you to class. You will need to bring copies of your poems on request.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The City Lit has a range of poetry and writing courses on offer. All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.