Creative Writing and Poetry (part 2)

Ref: C2419845

Each week we will read the work of a contemporary poet who either writes in English or has had their work translated into English. We will look at literary techniques that writers may use in their work , such as enjambment, alliteration, rhythm and thyme. Students who feel confident enough will be encouraged to produce their own creative writing which they can read aloud to the group. By examining the literary devices of established creative writers this will give us some understanding of how to use these techniques in your own writing. We will look at a range of themes in poetry that are relevant to the course members and discuss the creative process. How do different people go about creating a piece of creative writing? Where do the ideas come from? Can anyone write creatively?

Course aim

The course will introduce you to a variety of poets and and give you the opportunity to reflect on their work and discuss it.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • be familiar with and be able to discuss the work of some contemporary poets writing in English or translated form their mother tongue.
  • produce your own poetry or creative writing. Facilitate students production of their own poetry or creative writing.
  • express viewpoints about your own creative writing, that of other group members and of established poets.
  • Have some understanding of literary techniques such as enjambment, alliteration, rhythm, rhyme, voce, simile and metaphor.
  • Students who wish to will have the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring some paper and a pen if you wish to jot down notes. Nothing else is required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Creative Writing and Poetry (part 2)


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