Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW399
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
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.".
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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.
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?
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 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.
Jennifer Wong has an MA in creative writing from University of East Anglia and a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Her publications include a pamphlet Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019) and Goldfish (Chameleon Press). Her latest collection, Letters Home--which won the Wild Card Choice Spring 2020--was published by Nine Arches Press in 2020. Her poems have appeared in magazines including World Literature Today, Finished Creatures, Stanza Festival, Wasafiri, Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Stand, Prairie Schooner, Wildness, The Scores, Asian Cha and Voice & Verse etc. Her poetry reviews and translations have appeared in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Washington Square Review, Pathlight and Poetry London. She also teach creative writing at Poetry School and Oxford Brookes. She is writer-in-residence for Wasafiri. Twitter @jennywcreative Website jenniferwong.co.uk.
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.