Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

Course Dates: 11/11/20 - 18/11/20
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: Online

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

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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.

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 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.

This is a good course to take if you want to explore poetry, it's a one day workshop and there are lots of different styles of poetry that you get a chance to write. The other students taking this course are encouraging their feedback useful.

The teacher does just walk you through a printed worksheet but the value is in being able to share your work and get feedback from others in the class which is useful.

Slightly overpriced but a good workshop.
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Review by O / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
Sign up and enjoy writing short poems in a supportive environment.
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Review by Veronica / (Posted on 30/11/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong has an MA in creative writing from University of East Anglia and a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Her publications including Goldfish (Chameleon Press), a pamphlet Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019) and a new poetry collection forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in 2020. Her poems have appeared in magazines including World Literature Today, Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Stand, Prairie Schooner, Wildness, The Scores and Asian Cha etc. Her poetry reviews and translations have appeared in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Pathlight and Poetry London. She also teaches/has taught creative writing at Oxford Brookes and Poetry School.

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: HW399

Please choose a course date 

Wed, eve, 11 Nov - 18 Nov '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £28.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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