Moving on with Reading and Writing Poetry: for improvers

Ref: C3530084

This course, aimed at the experienced or improving student, encourages the continued development of their poetry. As well as writing poems they can enjoy, the course aims to build the students' confidence for sharing work with a wider audience. Students will work with and use a variety of imaginative creative exercises and prompts, to help challenge and expand their practice. They will study published poetry, and practise reading & critiquing their own work. Weekly homework is a core feature of the course. While each term will be self-contained, the course will enable continued development in the next term.

Course aim

The course is designed to enable experienced poetry students to develop their practice of reading and writing of poetry for creative and personal enjoyment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course will be ideal for experienced students looking to progress their writing.

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

  • Recognise commonly used terms in poetry & be comfortable using these in workshopping sessions
  • Recognise a variety of different poetic forms & learn some new ones
  • Recognise & work with aspects of your own voice
  • Assess your own poems and make edits or revisions which you are happy with
  • Recognise your comfort zones and experiment outside them

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • We will use a variety of creative prompts, from everyday objects to works of art, found materials, stories, photographs and published texts. Weekly homework is part of the course, and will from time to time include conducting your own research.

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
  • 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. Access to the internet and a computer for typing and printing homework is essential. Other materials will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Previous attendance of my reading & writing poetry courses or equivalent experience in poetry is required.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Moving on with Reading and Writing Poetry: for improvers

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Waiting List Conditions

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  • 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 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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