Published poets group
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW318
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This is a workshop for poets who are publishing in magazines, anthologies, individual collections, or pamphlets, and/or who are making short-film poems, or podcasts, and/or giving readings and performances.
Enrolled students may submit up to three poems which are work-in-progress prior to the course and will receive written tutor feedback and peer critiques on the day.
The aim is for everyone in whatever way they write to share work and to develop their poetry alongside like-minded, fellow poets.
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?
Please bring up to three poems on the day (the ones you have emailed in advance) and these will be the subject of the workshop. You will also be inspired by handouts and online readings to write exercises on a choice of themes and/or in a choice of forms.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Write with a greater awareness of contemporary styles, theme and form.
- Be better able to critique others’ work.
- Be better able to edit your own work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should be poets with an experience of publication in magazines, anthologies, individual collections, or pamphlets, and/or who are making short-film poems, or podcasts, and/or giving readings and performances.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The style of teaching is a workshop in which prepared work-in-progress is shared and peer and tutor feedback given. Some time will be set aside for writing exercises.
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?
Once enrolled, please email no later than 12 noon on Monday 9th November to Sarah.Wardle@citylit.ac.uk the three poems (as one Word document) which you will bring to the workshop on Saturday 14th November. These can be in any style and should be work-in-progress on which you would like written tutor feedback and peer critiques.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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 Wardle won Poetry Review’s new poet of the year award in 1999 and her first collection, Fields Away (Bloodaxe Books, 2003), was shortlisted for the Forward best first collection prize. Her second book, SCORE! (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), included some of the poems she broadcast while poet-in-residence for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Her most recent Bloodaxe collections are Beyond (2014) and Spiritlands (2019). She has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, and works as a creative writing tutor for Morley College, Westminster Kingsway College and the Workers’ Educational Association.
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.