What is the course about?
This course is about creating new poems which explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, borrowing from other genres and disciplines. Ideally designed for experienced poetry writers, the programme is also suitable for anyone interested in the possibilities of dramatic voice. Modern fiction, cinema and fairy-tale will be investigated and used as material for new kinds of poetry.
Students say: "I enjoyed discussing the aspects of narrative in relation to poetry"; "Excellent materials and exercises"; "Great feedback and inclusive group"; "The tutor was really helpful and supportive."
The Tutor: Jennifer Wong is a writer, researcher, and translator. Her poems have been included in anthologies such as The Birdbook: Saltwater and Shore, Eight Hong Kong Poets, Lung Jazz: Young British Poets, World Record: An Anthology and Becoming Poets: The Asian English Experience. She has reviewed for Poetry London, Poetry Review, Asian Review of Books, Magma Poetry and Sabotage Reviews. She has taught as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes, and led an international online course on multiculturalism in contemporary poetry at Poetry School.
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?
- The key elements and techniques for writing poetry
- The ways in which lyric and narrative can be combined, borrowing techniques from fiction and cinema, stealing from art, music and fairy tale
- Experimenting with new approaches to poems and stories.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Read, understand and identify different types of poems
- Recognise and experiment with features of poetry such as form, free verse and rhythm
- Apply new ways of looking and listening to create new poetry
- Respond to a piece of work critically.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course and students should previously have completed a poetry course at City Lit or elsewhere, or have some experience of reading and writing poetry.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You'll be taught through a combination of group work, in-class writing tasks, discussion, and presentations by your tutor. Topics introduced in class will be explored further through weekly writing assignments. You will be asked to present your work. Study of poetry alongside other art forms is an intrinsic part of the course, and fifty percent of the time will be devoted to the exploration of the set texts, including film clips, extracts from essays, mythology and fairytales.
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?
No additional costs. Please bring pen and paper (or electronic equivalent).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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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See the course guide for term dates and further details