Masterclass: poetry review

Course Dates: 15/01/19 - 26/03/19
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Ella Frears

There are only ten places on this masterclass and the deadline for submitting an application is the 27th of December 2018. Successful candidates will be notified by 28th of December 2018. More details on how to apply, below.

This poetry masterclass combines a mix of in-class instruction and home-study and is devised to guide advanced poetry students in further developing their poems and collections. The course culminates with an invitation for enrolled students to perform at our termly spoken word event, Late Lines. The event takes place in the final week of term 2 on Wednesday 27th of March 2019.

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Masterclass: poetry review


What is the course about?

This course offers students advanced instruction and feedback on their poetry. The classes are arranged as below:

Weeks 1-3: In-class instruction and teaching.
Weeks 4-5: Home-study component 1 - students receive feedback from the tutor on their poetry and revise accordingly.
Weeks 6-9: In class instruction and teaching.
Weeks 10/11 Home study component 2: Students receive feedback from the tutor on their poetry and revise accordingly.

Wednesday 27th of March 2019: students are invited to perform at the City Lit Late Lines event. Students will be collectively introduced by the course tutor who will give a short speech about the experience of the course.

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.

The Tutor: 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.

City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

You will be exploring advanced techniques and approaches in writing poetry writing. Language, form and structure will all be explored in detail. You will also workshop your own work and that of other students.

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 by the 27th of December 2018 to be considered.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor led discussion, workshop readings, critical feedback from the class on your own poems, tutor feedback and discussions of theory and structure. Independent writing and redrafting during the home study components is expected alongside the attendance of the presentation evening.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil with you to class.

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.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: HW543

Tue, eve, 15 Jan - 26 Mar '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £329.00
Senior fee: £329.00
Concession: £329.00

Before booking on this course, please complete this online assessment to check that this course is the right level for you.
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