Writing Poetry – Brighton

Programme Length: one year in fortnightly sessions, Fridays 1 – 3.30pm

Dates
Autumn: 25 September, 9 October, 23 October, 6 November, 20 November, 4 December 2020
Spring: 8 January, 22 January, 5 February, 19 February, 5 March, 19 March 2021
Summer: 16 April, 30 April, 14 May, 28 May 2021

Venue
The Writers’ Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT

Fee
£350 (fees can be paid in full or in monthly instalments over 6 months)

Deposit: Fee includes a non-refundable deposit of £50

Programme Director
Dr Mark Slater

Course tutor
Verity Spott

Creative Writing Programme in association with New Writing South

Course outline

This course will look at a range of poetic techniques such as compression, imagery, texture, line breaks, traditional forms, rhyme and metre. Throughout the course we will consider the value of poetry in the contemporary world and our relationships with it. As well as considering practical aspects of writing technique and exploring them through your own writing in class, you will be asked to bring in up to 50 lines of your poetry for constructive feedback from your tutor and fellow writers. Each student will workshop poems like this twice on the course, both times receiving constructive and detailed feedback from other members of the writing group and your tutor, who will provide written comments. You will also be expected to hand in poetry of up to 100 lines at the end of the course when work will again be read by the tutor, annotated and returned with supportive feedback both on your strengths and on how your use of poetic techniques might be enhanced. In addition, each week we will read, analyse and respond to a wide range of works by poets past and contemporary.

In the first term we will cover a variety of topics such as writing practice, sound and texture, form and metre, imagery and editing. Each week we will read and discuss works by poets such as Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Bernadette Mayer, Amiri Baraka, Frank O’Hara and Liao Yiwu. Through our readings we will discuss broader issues raised in the work based around a loose weekly topic. During the second term we will continue workshopping your work and reading a wide range of poets. However, each week we will also discuss a theoretical text which will inform our writing practice. We will also discuss methods of presenting poetry including publishing, performance and mixed media. Writers on this course will be assumed to be writing with a mind to eventual publication and the importance of analysing and catering to different markets will be discussed.

Key Facts

Programme Length: one year in fortnightly sessions, Fridays 1 – 3.30pm

Dates:
Autumn: 25 September, 9 October, 23 October, 6 November, 20 November, 4 December 2020
Spring: 8 January, 22 January, 5 February, 19 February, 5 March, 19 March 2021
Summer: 16 April, 30 April, 14 May, 28 May 2021

Venue: ​The Writers’ Place, 9-10 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT

Fee: ​£350 (fees can be paid in full or in monthly instalments)

Deposit: Fee includes a non-refundable deposit of £50

Programme Director: Dr Mark Slater

Tutor: Verity Spott

Recommended Books:
Nathan Hamilton (editor), ​Dear World and Everyone in it (2013, Bloodaxe)
Verity Spott, ​Click Away Close Door Say​ (2016, Contraband)
Matthew Sweeney and John Hartley Williams, ​Writing Poetry and Getting Published​ (1997, Hodder & Stoughton)

For enrolment details and information on payment of fees contact​:

New Writing South
9 Jew Street
Brighton​
BN1 1UT
cwp@newwritingsouth.com

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please contact cwp@newwritingsouth.com

In the event of a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic and/or any restrictions on social gatherings, courses will be taught via Zoom (a video conferencing platform) for the duration of the restrictions.

All tutors on the Creative Writing Programme have experience of teaching online and we have a secure and stable system for providing this service built into our website. You will need to ensure you have access to a computer/laptop connected to the internet with a video camera (most modern computers have one built in).

If we do need to move teaching to Zoom temporarily, you will be given a simple step by step guide to accessing the Zoom platform and advice and support from our tutors and IT staff. Moving classes online will not have any significant effect on the structure or content of your class.

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Date/Time:
25 September 2020 - 28 May 2021
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Price:
£350 (Deposit: £50 non-refundable)

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