Ways into poetry: a gentle pace

Course Dates: 01/11/21 - 22/11/21
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: Online
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Are you brand new to writing poetry? Do you want to build your confidence in a supportive environment alongside other beginners in the craft? This gentle short-course guides students taking their first steps on the path to becoming a poet.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HW142

Mon, eve, 01 Nov - 22 Nov '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
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What is the course about?

Poetry often comes from a very personal place and the process of writing and sharing it for the first time can seem very daunting. This introductory short course enables students new to the genre to explore the core forms of poetry, the key language techniques you can use for effect and some structural basics which will help you convey your message to the reader.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Core poetic forms.
- Key approaches to structuring a poem.
- Key language techniques in poetry.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the core poetic forms.
- Analyse approaches to structure and language within the genre.
- Write your own poetry.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for absolute beginners in the genre. Open to students who are trying poetry for the first time or who have never shared their work in a group setting before.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through a mix of indivudal, pair and group work, tutor instruction, text analysis, in-class writing activities and supportive workshop. Between sessions homework may be set to aid students in developing a writing discipline.

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?

Please bring pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Once you've built your confidence on this introductory course, why not try Ways into poetry: an introduction or our term-long Ways into poetry course?

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.

Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong has an MA in creative writing from University of East Anglia and a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Her publications include a pamphlet Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019) and Goldfish (Chameleon Press). Her latest collection, Letters Home--which won the Wild Card Choice Spring 2020--was published by Nine Arches Press in 2020. Her poems have appeared in magazines including World Literature Today, Finished Creatures, Stanza Festival, Wasafiri, Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Stand, Prairie Schooner, Wildness, The Scores, Asian Cha and Voice & Verse etc. Her poetry reviews and translations have appeared in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Washington Square Review, Pathlight and Poetry London. She also teach creative writing at Poetry School and Oxford Brookes. She is writer-in-residence for Wasafiri. Twitter @jennywcreative Website jenniferwong.co.uk.

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.