How to write a poetry manifesto
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: HW626
Duration: 2 sessions
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What is the course about?
In this course you will write your own poetry manifesto. You will define the key questions about your craft - what poetry is, what your poetry aims to do, privately, and in the public sphere. Deepening your understanding will help you hone your work and accelerate your practice.
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?
We will look at significant manifestos such as Shelley’s Defence of Poetry. We will read commentaries and poems by poets from Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Ezra Pound to Tracy K Smith and Ocean Vuong. There will be plenty of in-class writing exercises and activities.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course you will have drafted your own poetry manifesto. You will have increased your insight into your own poetry’s themes and aims, accelerating your practice. And you will have explored seminal poets’ thoughts about the purpose of poetry in relation to their times.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to poets of all levels and abilities.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor-led discussion, small-group discussion, participating in writing exercises in-class, workshop readings, tutor feedback and class discussion.
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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit has a range of poetry and creative writing courses on offer. Beginners might consider our introductory 'Ways into poetry' course, while more experienced writers may prefer our intermediate and advanced classes, including 'Developing your poetry' and our 'Advanced poetry workshop'.
Ellen Cranitch is a prize-winning poet. Her first collection The Immortalist was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Award for Best First Collection 2018. Ellen’s poetry is published by Bloodaxe, Templar and Carcanet Press. She has taught at The University of St Andrews, City University and UCL and lives in London where she’s a reviewer for Poetry Review. Recent teaching appointments include Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull where she ran the poetry modules.
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.