Writing the prose poem: a taster
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW623
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will consider how the prose poem enabled poets to break away from the rules of traditional poetry, and how it expands possibilities for modern poets. Through various exercises, you will experiment with narrative techniques, syntax, rhythm, imagery, and musicality to create prose poems that will challenge your knowledge of what poetry (and prose) should be.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Read and discuss a wide range of prose poems, from the 19th century to today.
- Take part in writing exercises inspired by the components of the prose poem.
- Provide constructive feedback to other participants and integrate the feedback you receive into your own writing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the key characteristics of the prose poem and what makes it different from prose and other types of poetry.
- Compare prose poems from various times and countries to develop a thorough knowledge of the prose poem.
- Write your own prose poems using the devices studied in class.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ 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'.
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.
Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. She started out as a self-published author and has since been published widely in journalism, non-fiction and poetry. Helen currently writes novels for Quercus Books and has taught creative writing for more than a decade. She holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of York St John and has been invited to speak on numerous radio programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
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