Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

Course Dates: 02/11/20 - 23/11/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: Online
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Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

Poetry often comes from a very personal place and the process of writing and sharing it for the first time can seem very daunting. This introductory short course enables students new to the genre to explore the core forms of poetry, the key language techniques you can use for effect and some structural basics which will help you convey your message to the reader.

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?

- Core poetic forms.
- Key approaches to structuring a poem.
- Key language techniques in poetry.

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

- Understand the core poetic forms.
- Analyse approaches to structure and language within the genre.
- Write your own poetry.

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

This course is for absolute beginners in the genre. Open to students who are trying poetry for the first time or who have never shared their work in a group setting before.

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

You will be taught through a mix of indivudal, pair and group work, tutor instruction, text analysis, in-class writing activities and supportive workshop. Between sessions homework may be set to aid students in developing a writing discipline.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring pen and paper.

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

Once you've built your confidence on this introductory course, why not try Ways into poetry: an introduction or our term-long Ways into poetry course?

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This is an excellent short poetry course. I was a complete novice and by the end of 4 weeks I'd written several poems I was happy with, as well as learnt some theory, structure and techniques. The course was a great place to share your first poetry in a safe environment, and get feedback and ideas for improvement.
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Review by E Smith / (Posted on 30/11/2019)
The class is well structured and supportive and allows you to move at your own pace. It gives a really good basic overview of the introductory techniques and tenets of poetry and I’d highly recommend it if you are just keen to explore a new style of writing or there is a frustrated poet living within you.
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Review by Chris Tuite / (Posted on 26/11/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Sarah Westcott Tutor Website

Sarah Westcott is an award-winning poet and journalist who has been writing professionally for over 20 years. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and has published two books of poetry. Her first collection Slant Light, published by Liverpool University Press, was Highly Commended in the 2017 Forward Prizes. Her pamphlet Inklings was a Poetry Book Society choice. Sarah's poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, POEM and Magma, on beermats, billboards and the side of buses, and in anthologies including Best British Poetry. She was a writer-in-residence at the Bethnal Green nature reserve in 2016 and had her poems installed in the trees, triggered by footsteps. Recent awards are first prize in the London Magazine poetry prize, the Poets and Players Prize and the Manchester Cathedral poetry prize. Sarah grew up in north Devon, on the edge of Exmoor, and lives in Kent with her family. She is particularly interested in writing about the natural world and is currently working, very slowly, on her second collection.

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: HW142

Full Mon, eve, 02 Nov - 23 Nov '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £89.00
Senior fee: £89.00
Concession: £36.00

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