Writing villanelles

Course Dates: 17/06/20 - 08/07/20
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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.


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.

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?

Please bring 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.


Book your place

Course Code: HW171

Wed, eve, 17 Jun - 08 Jul '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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