Masterclass: poetry (a year-long workshop)

Course Dates: 04/10/23 - 26/06/24
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
This year-long 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.
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  • Course Code: HW638
  • Dates: 04/10/23 - 26/06/24
  • Time: 17:30 - 19:30
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 33 sessions (over 39 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Ella Frears

Course Code: HW638

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Full Wed, eve, 04 Oct - 26 Jun '24

Duration: 33 sessions (over 39 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is designed to support advanced and professional poets who are working on projects with a view to publication. Selected students will enrol for three terms. This course challenges students to explore new ways of working with language, form and structure in their poetry.

This course is open for enrolment by application only. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview for a place. It is suitable only for poets who have advanced workshop experience and/or a history of publication. Writers are invited to submit details of their writing background and workshop experience, as well as three sample poems. Please click "Start Assessment" to begin your submission.

Deadlines for this course are as follows:
Applications due: 27 August 2023
Shortlisted candidate interviews: 8 September 2023

Writers will not be authorised for enrolment except by way of this process.

Please note that an instalment plan is available for this course, and students can pay the course fee on a termly basis. For more information, please contact our Enrolments team: (telephone temporarily unavailable).

What will we cover?

Topics will include but are not limited to:
- Poetic form - constructing and deconstructing
- The music of the poem
- Titles
- Line breaks
- Editing
- The lyric I
- Publications - strategies for structuring a book or pamphlet.

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. It is suitable only for poets who have advanced workshop experience and/or a history of publication.

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.

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.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

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?

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.

Ella Frears

Ella Frears is a poet and artist based in London. Her debut collection, Shine, Darling, (Offord Road Books, 2020) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Her latest pamphlet I AM THE MOTHER CAT written as part of her residency at John Hansard Gallery is out with Rough Trade Books (2021).

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.