Poetry workshop: intensive

Course Dates: 16/04/24 - 21/05/24
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Online
Want to have your poems critiqued in a supportive environment? This intensive poetry workshop focuses on offering feedback to poets who have already written a selection of poems and are looking to push their writing further.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Poetry workshop: intensive
  • Course Code: HW311
  • Dates: 16/04/24 - 21/05/24
  • Time: 14:45 - 16:45
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Julie Irigaray

Course Code: HW311

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Tue, day, 16 Apr - 21 May '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0415

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What is the course about?

This course is designed as an intensive workshop. Workshopping previously written poems will take up the majority of the class time. Each class will begin however with a short writing activity to offer attending poets fresh directions and inspiration.

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?

- Writing prompts to generate new work.
- How to respectfully critique the work of other poets.
- How to apply feedback offered on your own poems.

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

- Write a series of new poems using the prompts provided.
- Receive and apply detailed feedback on the work you have produced so far.
- Understand how to respectfully deliver feedback to other poets.

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

This course is suitable for poets at intermediate levels who have completed other poetry courses previously and have a selection of poems ready for critique.

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

You will be taught online through a mix of short writing activities and feedback sessions. You will be expected to provide poems for regular critique and to read the work of other poets outside class in preparation for each session.

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?

It is useful to have a pen and paper to hand and to complete all the recommended audio and visual checks on your computer.

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

City Lit offers a range of courses for poets including Create your first poetry collection and Advanced Poetry Workshop.

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.

Julie Irigaray

Julie is a poet from the south-west of France. Her poetry pamphlet "Whalers, Witches and Gauchos" will be published by Nine Pens Press in April 2021. She is the winner and finalist of several literary prizes in the UK and Ireland and was selected as part of the 50 Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Eyewear Publishing). Julie has published articles, poems and translations in more than 20 magazines across the world (US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Singapore). Julie is a qualified English Language teacher with experience in teaching adults and children from all different backgrounds and levels. It is after following a creative writing course at City Lit that she decided to become a poetry tutor as well! When she is not writing or learning a new language, Julie is studying for a PhD on Sylvia Plath and England at the University of Huddersfield. You can find more about Julie on www.julieirigaray.com or on Twitter (@IrigarayJulie)

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.