Masterclass: poetry (a one-term intensive workshop)

Course Dates: 20/04/20 - 06/07/20
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: International House
Tutors:

This intensive poetry masterclass is open by selective application to a maximum of ten students. You will receive inspiring tutor instruction and rigorous constructive feedback on your poems as you prepare them for publication and performance. Includes an invitation to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The current deadline for applications is Friday 6th of March.

Description

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 writing@citylit.ac.uk 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 writing@citylit.ac.uk 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.

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

You will learn about different poets and styles, as well as receive useful, specific feedback on your own work, in a constructive, supportive and non-judgemental way. It is a safe space in which to ask questions, express yourself, and grow as a poet. I thoroughly recommend this course.
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Review by Max / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Definitely go for it. It is excellent for those looking to gain perspective and bring their work up to publishing standards.
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Review by Arunima Takiar / (Posted on 12/07/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Ella Frears

Ella Frears is a poet and visual artist who has had work published in Poetry London, The Rialto, POEM and the Moth among others. Ella was shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize 2017. She is a trustee and editor for Magma Poetry, and was a Jerwood/Arvon Mentee 2016. Ella has completed residencies for Tate Britain, the National Trust, the New Forest and most recently Royal Holloway University where she was writing about the Cassini Space Mission. Her debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is published by Goldsmiths Press.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HW122

Mon, eve, 20 Apr - 06 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £339.00
Senior fee: £339.00
Concession: £339.00

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short application form. We need you to do this to check that the course is the right level for you.
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Any questions? Email us on writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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