Reading and Writing Poetry

Overview

This is a course for those who have always wanted to write poetry, but have never actually tried, to do so within an encouraging and supportive environment.

Have you always wanted to write poetry but never tried?  Does the idea frighten you?  Do you feel that there is a poet inside you trying to get out?  Or perhaps you write poetry but have never shown it to anyone? This is the course for you… 

You will be introduced to a variety of exciting poets, techniques and forms and produce a small portfolio of your own poems.  We shall read poems which illustrate different aspects of poetry so that you can utilise them in your own work. The emphasis will be on promoting a supportive environment in which to write and share your work, with plenty of opportunity for feedback.

Programme details

Course begins: 9th May 2022

Week 1:          What is a word?

Week 2:          "Bless You!"  Some features to consider.

Week 3:          Voices.

Week 4:          What photography has to do with it OR How close do you want to get?

Week 5:          All aboard! Rhythm.

Week 6:          Just plain beautiful: the natural world.

Week 7:          The aliens have landed.

Week 8:          Narcissus.  A challenge.

Week 9:          All in a phrase.

Week 10:        Celebration.

 

Background Reading List

The following anthologies are not essential BUT they are excellent resources which will prepare you for the variety of exercises and subject matter of the course. 

Astley, N., Staying Alive 

Astley, N., Being Alive 

Astley, N., Being Human

Certification

Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee £239.00
Take this course for CATs points £10.00

Tutor

Mr Jeremy Hughes

Jeremy Hughes has published two novels – Wingspan (2013) and Dovetail (2011). He was awarded first prize in the PoetryWales competition and was short-listed for an Eric Gregory Award. He also publishes short fiction, life writing and reviews. He studied for the Master’s in creative writing at Oxford.

Course aims

This course aims to allow students to produce a variety of poems in a supportive environment and be able to discuss what they have learned about poetry using appropriate terminology.

Course Objectives

This course will:

1. foster students’ ability to recognise poetic techniques

2. demonstrate how these features can be used individually or in combination

3. encourage the use of such features and their manipulation to further students’ ability to hone their writing skills in creative ways.

Teaching methods

The first half of each session considers a particular poetic form in detail.  Examples will be read and shared individually, in a pair or group.  This is an important part of the learning process, allowing students to clarify, question and explore the different forms.  This enables students to become familiar with the features of specific forms.   The second half of the session will be writing and sharing of each other’s work.  The emphasis is on producing poetry in a supportive environment, and to provide constructive feedback. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to understand different ways in which poetry can be made

Students will be expected to have gained and/or developed the following skills:

1.  Demonstrate a variety of poetic features in their own work

2. Be able to use some of these features with increased skill and confidence.

Assessment methods

1.  Choose a poem (or poems) you love and write 1,000 words about what makes it/them special to you.  (The recommended anthologies are great resources.)

2.  A portfolio of four to five poems of approximately 130 lines or an equivalent agreed with the tutor.
 

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form

Application

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)