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.
The Tutor: Christina Dunhill is an acclaimed poet and short story writer. Her latest publication is Blackbirds (2012). She taught on the MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the University of Sussex.
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?
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.
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