Writing Poetry 2019 – 2020

Programme length
20 weekly sessions (Wednesday evenings, 6.30 – 8.30pm)

Dates
Autumn: 2 October – 11 December
Spring: 22 January – 25 March

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

Fee
£350 (fees can be paid in full or in instalments over the year)

Programme Director
Dr Mark Slater

Course tutor
Dr John McCullough

Creative Writing Programme in collaboration 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. As well as considering practical aspects of writing technique, you will 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, whp will provide written comments. You will 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 study and learn writing strategies by looking at both twentieth century and contemporary poets including Frank O’Hara, Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney and Sylvia Plath.

You will need to purchase the poetry collection Spacecraft by John McCullough ahead of the session on editing in the first term, when the tutor will take you through different approaches to drafting and talk about preparing a manuscript. During the second term we will also discuss Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. The other theoretical text for the course that will be referred to is Writing Poetry and Getting Published by Matthew Sweeney and John Hartley Williams, a guidebook for those new to writing poetry.  The book considers both free verse and more formal poetry that uses rhyme and metre.  Throughout the course we will be looking at both these types of poetry.  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.

Recommended books

John McCullough, Spacecraft (2016, Penned in the Margins)
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones (1986, Shambhala)
Matthew Sweeney and John Hartley Williams, Writing Poetry and Getting Published (1997, Hodder & Stoughton)

Dates:
Autumn: 2 October – 11 December
Spring: 15 January – 25 March

Fee: £350 (fees can be paid in full or in instalments over the year)

Enrolment for this course is now open

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

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Date/Time:
2 October 2019 - 25 March 2020

Price:
£350 (Deposit: £50)

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