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: HW170
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
Shakespeare and Petrarch may be the names that spring to mind when you hear the word 'sonnet' but modern poets such as Terrance Hayes are pushing the boundaries of this established form further and further. This day workshop offers an introduction to the traditional sonnet, and explores ways of manipulating the form in new and subversive ways.
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?
- What are the traditional forms of the sonnet?
- Which language and structural techniques are established in this form?
- How can we push the rules of the form in unexpected ways?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand traditional approaches to writing sonnets.
- Understand ways in which the genre could be subverted.
- Write your own sonnets.
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?
Please bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of poetry day workshops including 'Performance poetry' and 'Writing black out poetry'. For further information, browse the writing section of our website.
Ali Lewis is a poet, editor and doctoral researcher. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2018, and his pamphlet Hotel is out now from Verve. He is associate editor of Poetry London, a tutor at the Poetry School and City Lit, and an AHRC-funded doctoral candidate at Durham University. His poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including The New Statesman, PN Review, The London Magazine, and Poetry Review, and as poems of the week for the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and the LRB Bookshop. He has a first-class degree in Politics from Cambridge, where he received the John Dunn and Precious Pearl Prizes and was a member of the Footlights. He also holds an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, where he was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Award. He was born in Nottingham in 1990 to a mixed Ashkenazi Jewish-White British family.
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.