Writing poetry: experiments in chance and choice

Course Dates: 22/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore interesting, off-beat and diverse approaches to generating verse on this one-day course. Try out cut-ups, found lines, experiments in meter and rhyme, and much more.


What is the course about?

The course will look at ways to generate raw material and ideas for new and existing poems through exercises, employing chance/experimental methods and choice –from flow-writing, cut-ups and found lines to syllabic meter and imagery. How do we choose what to do with raw material? What are some methods we can use to shape our experimental writing into poems?

What will we cover?

Experiments and the act of discovery: we will explore how to allow words onto the page by chance and what methods we can choose to create new poems or revise or re-envision existing poems using these new ideas.

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

• Express an understanding of some new techniques for starting and revising a poem
• Begin to work on a new or existing poem using exercises and techniques introduced in the class
• Begin to assess poems provided in class, based on discussions and your own reading and opinions
• Discuss the individual texts.

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

A basic working knowledge of poetry is necessary; for example, familiarity with some poetic techniques, such as rhyme, meter and imagery. You will need an enthusiasm for poetry and a willingness to take part in discussions, reading, creative exercises and writing poetry. A minimum Level 2 English is also required.

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

Teaching will be through writing exercises, small and large group discussion and tutor input.

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 loose paper, a writing notebook, pens and pencils, a folder, highlighters, newspapers and magazines of interest to you, scissors and gluesticks and/or sellotape.

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

City Lit has a range of poetry and creative writing courses on offer. You may be interested in our intermediate and advanced classes, including 'Paths through poetry', 'New narrative poetry', and 'Poetry in the making'.

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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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.

Be open to everything and anything. It's an experience that will only work and give results if you truly are willing to try. Don't expect that every single exercise will right for you but you will certainly learn and take something with you from each one of them.
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Review by L. Monteiro / (Posted on 23/07/2019)
The course was outstanding
Lots of fun exercises to generate ideas for new writing! We worked hard and the results were outstanding
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Review by Sarah / (Posted on 20/07/2019)
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Course Code: HW120

Wed, day, 22 Jul - 22 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2717

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