Reading and Writing Poetry 3

Ref: C3528021

This course explores the structure of a poem and how it works, and develops the skills for writing poetry using traditional and novel approaches. Students will study published poetry, and practice reading & critiquing their own work.

Additional information about this course

No session on 1.6.17

Course aim

The course is designed to engage students in the process of reading and writing of poetry for creative and personal enjoyment. While each term will be self-contained, the course will enable continued development in the next term.

Who is the course for?

If you enjoy reading or listening to poetry and would like to try writing your own, or have experience of writing poetry and would like the support of a group to develop your work, this course is for you. Min. Level 2 in spoken and written English.

What topics will this course cover

Overview: the course looks at the structure of a poem, how it works and different approaches to writing, reviewing & revising your own work. Each session will provide a mix of tuition, reading and writing exercises, supported by handouts and other materials. Exercises will encourage individual working as well as group interaction. We will use a variety of creative prompts, from everyday objects to works of art, found materials, stories, photographs and published texts. Local exhibitions & events may also provide opportunities for themed writing.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

• recognise & discuss the key features of a poem • make creative decisions about these features in their own poems • use creative prompts in imaginative ways • use research to find new approaches & subjects for poems • develop confidence in reading out their own work & giving feedback to others

How will I know I'm making progress?

Homework assignments will be a key part of the course, together with sharing and critiquing of each other’s poems. Tutor feedback is part of this process. New topics will be introduced throughout the term, incorporating short writing exercises and discussion to encourage creative thinking and assess learning.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Please bring writing materials, pen, notebook. Additional visit costs t.b.c. (if applicable).

Reading and information sources

An interest in creative writing and poetry is desirable. There is no preparatory reading.

What could the course lead to?

Students can be directed to other courses and activities on request. Details of local poetry events and opportunities to study magazines or competition material will be highlighted (where appropriate).

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Reading and Writing Poetry 3 Course Outline


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