Writing Contemporary Poetry (Creative Writing)

Ref: C2423252

During the course we will discover the features involved in writing contemporary poetry. We will explore: 1. Finding your voice as a poet. 2. Experimenting with syllabic verse, free verse and the modern deployment of rhyme. 3. The continuing importance of imagery and metaphor. 4. The continuing relevance of the lyric tradition.

Course aim

This course will explore the writing of contemporary poetry, and will encourage the student to experiment with and complete three finished poems by the end of the course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will have the confidence to explore those emotions and subjects which interest you in your writing.
  • You will have gain the technical skills to present your poetry as a finished artefact.
  • You will be able to express yourself through imagery and metaphor.
  • You will be able to complete 3 finished poems.
  • You will understand how to edit and revise your own work.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All extracts or complete poems used as references will be available on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Writing Contemporary Poetry (Creative Writing)

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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