Poetry Workshop - New Forms, New Voices

Ref: C3675775

From the sonnet and the sestina to free verse and experimental forms, poems come in a variety of different forms. We'll look at examples of some of these from both contemporary and traditional poets, exploring how voice and form can work together, in order to find inspiration for writing new poems. This is a practical poetry writing course which includes poetry reading and discussions.

Course aim

To look at different poetic forms, both contemporary and traditional, and use these to write new poems. We will also consider voice in the poem and how this relates to form.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Experience of reading poetry would be helpful.

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

  • Write new poems based on a variety of different forms
  • Be able to identify a number of traditional forms, such as Sonnet, Villanelle, Sestina
  • Have tried out some experimental poetry forms
  • Consider voice and form in contemporary poetry and how they work together
  • Have written and redrafted at least two new 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
  • Students poems will be 'workshopped' during sessions, with constructive feedback being given by both tutor and other students.

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 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
  • 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?

  • Please bring writing paper or notebook and pen or pencil

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?

Download full course information sheet

Poetry Workshop - New Forms, New Voices


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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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