Poetry - Ballad Writing Workshop

Ref: C3530463

Legend says that a Ballad overheard by King Richard was responsible for the world as it was finding out that the Norman king was alive when it was thought he had died in the Crusades. This course will introduce and dissect the Ballad in the home town of Charles Causley, a master of this powerful poetic form. At the end of the workshop those on it will not only know more about Causley, but be telling stories of their own

Course aim

Participants will be introduced to the Ballad - perhaps the oldest know form of telling stories in verse by using a simple rhythm pattern that makes the story easy to remember and therefore to repeat and pass on - and given time to write their own

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course should interest anyone with an interest in both poetry and telling stories

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

  • Understand the Ballad form
  • Know more about some Ballads, including some by Charles Causley
  • Tell their own stories in Ballad form

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
  • Time will be allocated in the workshop for people to write and share their own stories

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Please bring writing materials

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

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Poetry - Ballad Writing Workshop

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