The poetry lab

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 18/02/20
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Looking for new, inventive avenues to explore in your poetry? This intensive short-course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create fresh, innovative poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For poets with some experience.


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.".

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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That it is very good for someone who has had previous experience of writing poetry, and encourages me to test the boundaries of ability and imagination.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/10/2019)
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: HW007

Please choose a course date 

Tue, day, 14 Jan - 18 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

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