Poetry refreshed: experimental forms
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: HW582
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
From newspaper blackout and erasure poetry to bibliomancy, couplings and golden shovels, there are a wealth of experimental poetic approaches available to kickstart creativity and generate new work. Experiment with a variety of modern and inventive poetic forms to create fresh drafts and approaches in a supportive and playful 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?
- A short history of experimental forms and the idea of text as a dynamic material to be shaped into new work.
- How to sculpt a poem from a variety of texts and registers using digital and real world materials.
- The use of chance, choice and risk to create new work.
- Enhancing your poetic toolkit and developing/deepening your creative practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Experiment with a variety of innovative poetic forms.
- Enhance your poetic toolkit and deepen your practice as a writer.
- Take more creative risks in your work.
- Expand and make connections with language and text in fresh, intuitive and surprising ways.
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.
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?
- A pen and paper or the digital equivalent.
- A poem you have written you are happy to experiment with (It doesn't have to be finished or 'perfect').
- An old newspaper to have at hand, scissors and a black marker pen/felt tip.
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.
Sarah Westcott is an award-winning poet and journalist who has been writing professionally for over 20 years. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and has published three books of poetry. Her first collection Slant Light, published by Liverpool University Press (Pavilion Poetry) was Highly Commended in the 2017 Forward Prizes. Her pamphlet Inklings was a Poetry Book Society choice. Her second collection, Bloom, was published in May 2021 with Pavilion Poetry. Sarah's poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, POEM and Magma, on beermats, billboards and the side of buses, and in anthologies including Best British Poetry. She was a writer-in-residence at the Bethnal Green nature reserve in 2016 and had her poems installed in the trees, triggered by footsteps. Recent awards are first prize in the London Magazine poetry prize, the Poets and Players Prize and the Manchester Cathedral poetry prize. Sarah grew up in north Devon, on the edge of Exmoor, and lives in Kent with her family. She is particularly interested in writing about the natural world.
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.