What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

Course Dates: 26/07/21 - 04/08/21
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Location: Online
Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
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: HW315

Finished Mon-Wed, day, 26 Jul - 04 Aug '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Thinking about poems. Playing with poems. Experimenting with your poetry. Writing and standing back from what you have written to try and catch what it has become. Standing back from personal intention and investment in the poem to think what it, rather than you, might want.

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?

- We will look at and discuss a small range of published poems, and use that experience to generate new work.
- You will be workshopping poems.
- You will be encouraged to take an open-minded, open-hearted approach to your own and others’ work.

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

- Have written some new poems
- Have explored what it means for a poem to find itself
- Participate more confidently in a poetry workshop.

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

Some experience of reading and writing poetry will be useful.

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

In-class exercises, small group discussion, tutor-led discussion, workshop readings and discussion. Out of class, when possible, you will be expected to work up something generated from that day’s work. There will be optional homework for students who are able to make time to extend their learning.

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?

Paper (A4 writing pad) and pen/pencil. A folder for storing your own work and handouts will be useful.

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

Christina Dunhill runs an 11-week 'Developing your poetry' course at City Lit.

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.

Ellen Cranitch

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.