Poetry through the seasons: summer

Course Dates: 27/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Rose quartz sunsets, the cool citrus of iced lemonade, cold beer or a hosepipe ban. Whatever summer means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the sunnier seasons of the earth, sky, mind and heart.


What is the course about?

This course inspires students to write poetry about summer. Whether you choose to hymn it or diss it, our tutor will guide you in evoking and capturing its inimitable qualities. A fast, fun one-day poem-writing workshop in the heart of the season.

What will we cover?

Various aspects of summer will be explored in discussion and writing, including:
- Summer in the city.
- Summer in the country.
- Summer outside and inside.
- Summer in the mind and body.

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

- Discuss the language and structure used in published poems about summer.
- Develop new approaches to writing about the topic of summer.
- Write the first draft of at least one summer poem.

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

This course is designed to be fun and inspirational and is open to students of all levels of experience.

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

Students will receive tutor instruction, discuss published poems and work on timed writing assignments to generate their own work.

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?

Please bring writing equipment such as pens and paper.

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

City Lit offers a range of poetry courses for poets of varying levels of experience. For more information, please browse the writing section of our website.

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.

Tutor Biographies
Christina Dunhill

Christina Dunhill is an acclaimed poet and short story writer. Her latest publication is Blackbirds (2012). Following an earlier career in publishing she taught on the MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the University of Sussex. Christina also works as a psychodynamic counsellor in private practice.

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: HW352

Sat, day, 27 Jun - 27 Jun '20

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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Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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