Writing protest poetry

Course Dates: 04/02/23 - 05/02/23
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
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In these times of great political upheaval, protest poetry has never been so important.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00

Course Code: HW642

Sat-Sun, day, 04 Feb - 05 Feb '23

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

This course will consider how contemporary poets tackle so-called controversial themes in a successful way. Through various exercises, you will experiment with tone, angles, form and narrative techniques to create political poems that will challenge yourself. This course will give you the confidence to write your own protest poems and the writing exercises will inspire you to be bold and innovative.

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?

- Analyse and discuss a wide range of protest poems that tackle various themes (politics, feminism, ecopoetry…) to get inspiration from them.
- Take part in writing exercises inspired by the studied poems.
- Establish writing strategies to reach your personal goals and write your own protest poems.

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

- Identify the key characteristics of an effective protest poem.
- Understand and discuss the strategies adopted by poets to write about protest.
- Experiment with various devices and techniques to craft your own protest poems.

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

This is a beginners/intermediate course. Students will need to be able to write in fluent English.

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

You will be taught using a mix of individual, group work, tutor presentation and in-class writing exercises.


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?

Pen and paper.

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

City Lit offers a range of poetry courses. Those new to poetry may wish to consider our introductory 'Ways into poetry' course, while more experiences writers should look to our 'Advanced poetry workshop'.

Megan Beech

Dr Megan Beech is a literature scholar and performance poet. She was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam in 2011. She has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Parliament, the Southbank Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival. Her debut collection 'When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard' was published in 2013, and her latest book 'You Sad Feminist' was released in 2017. Her poetry has featured on the Sky One's 'Russell Howard Hour' and the BBC iPlayer series ‘Women Who Spit'. She was featured in The Guardian lists of ‘inspiring young feminists in 2014’ and ‘Must Read Books of the Year 2014’ and Evening Standard's list of 'Ten 21st Century feminist icons'. She has recently finished a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

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.