Writing Poetry: Next Steps – returns in 2022
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Award-winning poet Helen Ivory will be your guide through this next level course, designed for poets keen to push themselves further. Through experimentation, challenge and feedback, you will produce new work and have a better sense of how to assess your poetry objectively. Over 24 weeks, you will be guided through the landscape of contemporary poetry.
Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience. Book quickly to secure your place.
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‘Excellent and constructive feedback from Helen Ivory. Enjoyed the high standard of poems posted by participants.’
Level 2 poetry student
‘Helen Ivory is an excellent tutor; a warm and generous character, providing excellent feedback and helpful ideas to improve my own efforts, and giving gentle nudges to make me experiment.’ – Jacqueline Smith
What the course covers
- Making Strange – how to look at the world afresh and make the familiar strange again in your poetry
- Narrative – we examine development and movement in short free verse; how can structure keep the reader engaged?
- First Person, Third Person – we look at the power of different forms of narrator and the impact on the reader
- Autobiography, Facts and Metaphorical Truth – writing about your own life can be very difficult; here we explore how metaphorical truth can help with writing personal material
- Finding Your Voice – exploring the notions of voice and how everything you’ve ever read, seen, heard or experienced contributes to your work
- The Sonnet – we look at the Shakespearian sonnet and how it has developed over time
- Using Fairytale and Myth – archetypal stories provide inspiration for poets and help us to understand life and death; borrowing from existing stories can help us to write our own
- The Prose Poem – there are many definitions of the prose poem, and we’ll read example and create our own
- Experimental Poetry – it’s time to press at the boundaries of what a poem is: found poems, visual poems, collage poems
- Ekphrasis – in this module we look to visual arts for inspiration, investigating how one medium can talk to another
- Sequences – sometimes a single poem is not enough; here we look at how sequences can be deployed to further develop ideas
- Editing – feedback from other writers is very useful but being able to self-edit is a key skill
By the end of the course you will have:
- Developed your poetic voice
- Challenged yourself to write your best work yet through experimentation and feedback
- Understood the editing process and learned how to objectively judge your own work
- Thought about the reader and how to help them engage with your poetry
- Received constructive and supportive feedback on six poems
- Developed an understanding of the scope of contemporary poetry
- Explored avenues for where next to take your poetry
- Engaged with a group of fellow poets keen to take their work to the next level
Applying to the course
This is an intermediate course and we ask that you submit samples of your work during application. The criteria is as follows:
- 3-5 poems that you would like to share with the tutor
- A 1-page letter of introduction to yourself and your writing
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9am GMT Friday 15 January – places will be allocated based on submission date.
Committing to a 24-week course is a big decision for any writer. If you have any questions at all please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About your tutor
Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears, and is a lecturer for the UEA/National Centre for Writing online creative writing programme. Her fifth collection from Bloodaxe Books, The Anatomical Venus examines how women have been portrayed as ‘other’; as witches; as hysterics with wandering wombs and as beautiful corpses cast in wax, or on mortuary slabs in TV box sets, was published in 2019. It was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards and won the East Anglian Writers ‘Book by the Cover Award’. A book of collage/ mixed media poems, Hear What the Moon Told Me, was published KFS in 2017, and a chapbook, Maps of the Abandoned City, by SurVision in 2019. She has over twenty years teaching experience at all levels and has been teaching online poetry courses since 2000. She lives in Norwich. Her website is www.helenivory.co.uk.
How it works
All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out more about the requirements here.
The course will run for twenty four weeks and there will be 12 modules. Each module will consider an aspect of poetry and participants will work through some writing exercises. At the end of each module, the tutor will set an assignment. You will receive written feedback from your tutor for all 12 modules with hints and tips on how to strengthen your poem.
Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.