Get started in Poetry: Working with Form

Ref: C3530232

Structure vs. Freedom - what are the benefits of working in a set form, like the pantoum or the villanelle? In this course you will be able to explore and discuss the pros and cons, try out some popular accessible forms and generate ideas for poems of your own.

Course aim

The course is designed to engage students in the process of reading and writing poetry for creative and personal enjoyment.

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 poetry and have some experience of writing your own, or would like to have a go at form but don't know where to start, this workshop will give you a fun space to experiment and plenty of ideas to take away.

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

  • Recognise & discuss the patterns of some popular set forms eg the pantoum
  • Use these patterns to begin writing my own poem(s)
  • Assess and discuss the merits (and pitfalls) of using form
  • Develop confidence in reading out my 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 and word games, as well as published texts & poems to stimulate your learning.

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
  • Homework is not a part of this course. However a handout of further suggestions will be available to take away to support your continued learning.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring notebook or paper and pens / pencils. You may find a rhyming dictionary helpful. Other materials will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Get started in Poetry: Working with Form

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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