Reading and Writing Poetry

Ref: C3530304

This course will introduce beginners to writing poetry and enable those already with some experience of writing poetry to widen the basis and scope of their writing. Students will read recently published poems and use those poems as stimulus for their own writing. Students will also have the chance to read their poems aloud, recognising that both shape and sound are important elements.

Course aim

To introduce students to a wide range of forms and styles of poetry and to enable students to develop their own voice in form and content in their poetry, using the displays and materials in the museum as stimulus for their writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand and define form and structure in poems through experimentation in form, lineation, rhythm and rhyme
  • Use image and metaphor
  • Understand how the writing process works and the importance of redrafting
  • Present my poems using oral/aural and visual media as well as in written form
  • Write narrative and longer poems as well as short lyrical poems

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will be expected to listen to each other's poems and offer constructive criticism.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You need to keep a notebook.

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
  • Two useful books: Writing Poetry by Peter Sansom Bloodaxe 2004 Being Human: an anthology Bloodaxe 2011

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • You could pass on your skills to other adults, young people and children.

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Reading and Writing Poetry

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

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