Writing Poetry Online (Spring)
Monday 29th February 2016
This online course introduces students to writing poetry. The first half of the course involves writing short pieces using a number of starting-points, as students try out ideas, experiment with forms, and share experiences in the online discussion area. Students will be encouraged to develop their writing in their own way, through dialogue and feedback from the tutor and each other. This part of the course will also involve reading examples of published work, since the basis of the course is that writing and reading go hand in hand. Students are also encouraged to look for material on which to try out new techniques, and to read new writers.
In the second half of the course, students will work on their own longer poem, or a sequence of related shorter poems, the theme of which will be discussed and agreed with the tutor before work begins. The theme might be (for example) a sequence of related images, extracts from a film, a biography, or an event in history. Here students will be encouraged to be more ambitious, sharing their experiences with each other as they use the techniques learned in the first half of the course to produce something more complete that reflects their interests and personality.
Delivery: Distance Learning (Online)
Deadline for registrations: 2 weeks before the start date
NB: Late entrants will be able to work through and catch up on the material they have missed - or they can skip the missed weeks and concentrate on the material at the point where they join the course - but unfortunately we cannot offer fee reductions or course extensions for late entrants.
Course overview - for start date of Spring 2012
Week 1: What is poetry?
Week 2: First experiments
Week 3: Introduction to form
Week 4: Voices
Week 5: Contrasts
Week 6: Correspondences
Week 7: Further forms; wordplay and drafts; reshaping and images
Week 8: Number poems and ‘The Convergence of the Twain’; ‘Not My Best Side’ and sequencing
Week 9: Snapshots
Week 10: ‘In Parenthesis’ and tricks
Week 11: Inventing language
Week 12: Presenting a sequence and unusual forms
Learning / Teaching Methods
This course is delivered via the internet using an online system called ELE: the Exeter Learning Environment. Students will be given a username and password to log in to the course. A 'unit' of course material will be released every week for students to work through and class discussions on the material will take place in the online forum.
Class discussions are asynchronous - i.e. students do not need to be online at a 'set' time - they can leave and collect messages from the online discussion environment at a time suitable for them.
A chat room facility is also available. This is entirely optional, but students can arrange a mutually convenient time to communicate with each other 'instantly', by means of this facility, if they would like more immediate contact with others studying this subject.
Students will be set small exercises each week. These are optional and students are not 'expected' to share their results but most usually wish to do so – those who do will receive feedback from the tutor. Students are also encouraged to read and comment on each other’s work – this helps to develop critical thinking as a writer and as a reader. The process also enables students to gain feedback on their work from a number of reader perspectives, as our students tend to cover a wide range of ages, backgrounds and life experiences.
As this course is non-credit-bearing there are no exams or assessments.
This course will help students to develop:
- A familiarity with various poetic forms and the rules employed in creating them – as well as how and where these rules can be subverted;
- Confidence in their own writing and in sharing their writing with others;
- Their own poetic voice and style;
- The ability to critically evaluate their own work.