Developing your poetry
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
This intermediate course is the perfect follow-up to an introductory course such as 'Ways into poetry'. You'll have the opportunity to explore poetic technique in greater detail, to expand the range of your own poetic voice, and to give and use constructive criticism in a supportive workshop environment.
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?
- You will explore issues of craftsmanship and poetic content through close reading of published work
- Writing exercises will encourage you to experiment with a variety of poetic forms and styles
- Constructive criticism will pinpoint your individual strengths and weaknesses, and guide you as you edit and improve your own poetry.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Increase your understanding of poetic form
- Write your own poems in fixed form and free verse
- Improve the overall quality of your poetic output.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course and is recommended for students who have completed a 'Ways into poetry' course.You should have some familiarity with contemporary poetry and the basics of poetic technique.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a mixture of tutor-led talk, discussion, writing exercises and feedback on your writing, and an optional homework each week. Please note sessions will offer opportunities to receive feedback on your work. There will be some direct feedback from the tutor and also feedback from peers in small group workshops. This is to ensure each student can workshop one piece in two from the class assignments and, equally importantly, build up their own critical skills.
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 paper and a pen. You'll be expected to provide copies of your poems for class feedback.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You could repeat the Developing your poetry course to gain a bit more confidence. When you feel ready to progress to a more advanced level, you may be interested in Advanced poetry workshop or 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.
Christina Dunhill is an acclaimed poet and short story writer. Her latest publication is Blackbirds (2012). Following an earlier career in publishing she taught on the MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the University of Sussex. Christina also works as a psychodynamic counsellor in private practice.
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.