Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

Course Dates: 24/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

Explore the emerging art form of micropoetry in this fun but informative day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.

Description

What is the course about?

Want to learn all about the short form poems of Japanese origin? Or perhaps you fancy following in the footsteps of acclaimed Instapoets like Nikita Gill? Whatever your source of inspiration, this fun workshop will coach you in the most potent approches to expressing big ideas with small poems. Students will enjoy a range of innovative writing prompts and will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their poetry.

Students say: "I found new inspiration - thank you!"; "I learnt a lot in a short space of time"; "I enjoyed every minute and recommend to anyone who wants to learn about micropoetry in a friendly environment.".

What will we cover?

- What is micropoetry?
- How can I express complicated ideas in a concise manner?
- Which language and structural techniques work best for micropoetry?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Effectively analyse published micropoetry.
- Write your own micropoetry in a way that moves or inspires the reader.
- Sensitively critique the poetry of other participants.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners course and no previous experience is necessary.

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

Analysis of published poems, writing exercises, group work, class discussion and formal, tutor-led instruction.

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?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of poetry courses at a range of levels. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.

All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit 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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Tutor Biographies
Sarah Wardle

Sarah Wardle won Poetry Review’s new poet of the year award in 1999 and her first collection, Fields Away (Bloodaxe Books, 2003), was shortlisted for the Forward best first collection prize. Her second book, SCORE! (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), included some of the poems she broadcast while poet-in-residence for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Her most recent Bloodaxe collections are Beyond (2014) and Spiritlands (2019). She has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, and works as a creative writing tutor for Morley College, Westminster Kingsway College and the Workers’ Educational Association.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: HW399

Please choose a course date 

Sun, day, 24 Nov - 24 Nov '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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