Reading and Writing Poetry

Ref: C3528573

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

Additional information about this course

No class 26/10, 2/11

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.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • 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.

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 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
  • We will use a variety of creative prompts, from everyday objects to works of art, found materials, stories, photographs and published texts.

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
  • Homework assignments will be a key part of the course, together with sharing and critiquing of each other’s poems.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring notebook or paper and pens / pencils. Other materials will be provided.

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course outline

Reading and Writing Poetry Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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