Writing villanelles

Course Dates: 16/06/21 - 07/07/21
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Online
Do not go gentle into that good night; write villanelles that rage, rage against the dying light. This interactive day workshop teaches students about the origins of the form popularized by Dylan Thomas, Emily Bishop and Sylvia Plath, and explores methods of manipulating the villanelle in new, subversive ways.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HW171

Started Wed, eve, 16 Jun - 07 Jul '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Pushing against the boundaries of traditional poetic form can add additional layer of meaning to your poetry and can open up new avenues in your writing. This day workshop guides students in analyzing some classic examples of the villanelle form and then explores fresh, innovative approaches of subverting the form. Students will have the opportunity to write their own villanelles and receive some feedback on their first drafts.

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?

- Origins of the villanelle form.
- Language, form and structure in the villanelle.
- How to subvert the traditional villanelle for effect.

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

- Understand the origins of the vilannelle form.
- Explore approaches to language, form and structure when writing villanelles.
- Explore approaches to subverting the villanelle for effect.

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

This course is most suitable for students who have taken one of our Ways into poetry courses or students who have previous experience of writing poetry.

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

You will be taught through a mix of individual, pair and group work, tutor instruction, text analysis and in-class writing activities.

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

You will need a pen and paper or the digital equivalent.

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

City Lit offers a range of poetry day workshops including Poetry through the seasons, Performance poetry and Writing black out poetry. For further information, browse the writing section of our website.

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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