Writing Poetry for Beginners

Ref: C3125248

Do you enjoy reading poetry? Have you attended any live literature events? Would you like to develop your poetry writing skills? This course is designed for those who've dabbled in poetry and may be written a few poems but who would like to learn more about the basic techniques and pleasures of poetry. It will do this by going through the basic techniques such as rhyme, rhythm and imagery in a fun and supportive manner. Modern examples of good practice will be shared to encourage the learners. They will get a chance to discuss their writings and get useful and gentle feedback. At the end of the course there will be a chance to perform something they've written.

Course aim

This course will introduce beginner poets to the techniques and pleasures of poetry in a practical way that will build confidence in their writing and enjoyment of poetry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • If you enjoy reading poetry and have may be written a few poems yourself, or enjoy attending live literature events, then this might be for you. No qualifications are required apart from enthusiasm.

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

  • Recognise up to five kinds of rhyme
  • Recognise and be able to name several verse forms
  • Outline the differences between simile and metaphor
  • perform with some confidence a poem I've written
  • read a wider range of poetry with more confidence

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
  • Some homework will be set but it will be optional

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Please make sure you bring along a pen and paper, ideally a notebook and/ or laptop.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • If you don't enjoy reading poetry at all this course is probably not for you. I would expect learners to be enthusiastic about the subject and the chance to develop their writing.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • I would hope to offer a 'Writing Poetry for Developers' course from January 2018.

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Writing Poetry for Beginners

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