Poetry Course

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TUTOR: Charly is a poet from South Wales. She spends her time travelling around the world finding people and places that inspire her to write. She published her first collection of poems ‘A Collection of Wildflowers’ in March 2024 and is currently working on her second book. Her writing is largely influenced by nature, mindfulness and wellbeing. She sees writing as a way to connect with the world and is very excited to accompany you on your own writing journey!

Start Date: 5th June, 2024

Duration: 6 Weeks

Fee: €170

1 place remaining

Places are strictly limited to 10 participants. You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take the course. We accept students from around the world!

  • Each course also has its own tutor, who will provide individual feedback on your work. Our tutors are experienced writers with expert knowledge of the industry.
  • Every week we’ll send you a new learning module in the form of text lessons.
  • It’s super flexible, as you can choose the time and place that best suits your schedule. A weekly written assignment, which will be assessed by your tutor, will help you stay on track and monitor your progress along the way.

How does the online course work?

Once you enrol:

  • This course is carried out through email correspondence.
  • Your tutor will email you one module a week – each module will contain various writing tasks and a core assignment
  • Every week, you can submit your assignment by email for written personalised feedback from your tutor
  • There are no set class times – complete each module when it suits you during the week
  • We recommend spending 2-3 hours per week on each module

Outline of our Poetry Course

Week One – Writing Poems That Matter

We start with setting intentions: for our poems, practice, process. We will examine the ‘why’ that carries us to the page – what dreams and desires do we have for the poems we write? What do we want them, if anything, to ‘do’? What makes them matter, if only to ourselves? How can we embed a sense of creative urgency to write braver and bolder work, over the next six weeks?

Week Two – The ‘Long-Armed’ Poem: Letting Anything Belong

This week we will explore examples of poems that roam, wander freely, welcoming various thoughts, feelings, and observations inside their doors, rather than shutting them out. We will reflect on the potential limitations we set ourselves by what we feel should ‘belong’ in a poem, and work to allow chaos to enter our first drafts, before deciding what we let stay, what we choose to cast off.

Week Three – Poems That (Like Us) Contain Multitudes

This week we will challenge the idea that a poem must sing in one note, and instead turn to Donald Hall’s belief that when it comes to poetry: ‘no conflict, no energy’. We will explore the importance of empathy and nuance when writing our own personal experience / the experiences of others, and examine the impact of poems that hold vast emotional landscapes.

Week Four – Poems That Reimagine, Retell, Make Possible

This week we look to the poets who use poetry to imagine a world different than this one. Who turn to the page to rewrite their own stories, reclaim a history. We will investigate the power of erasure and blackout poetry: forms that enable you to take an experience, feeling, or entire text, and transform it into something fresh, new, yours.

Week Five – On Finding The Form

This week we take a deep-dive into the many ways poetic form can both restrict and set free. Make a poem sing or stifle it. We will explore how learning the rules, only to break them, can create delightful surprises for both writer and reader. You will also have the opportunity to devise your own, personalised form of poetry, based on elements that both excite and challenge you.

Week Six – What We Did, What Will Do Next

In this session, we will look back on what we have achieved, however small or large. You will have the chance to ‘showcase’ a poem that you are proud of, and we will set out clear goals and ideas that will support you to keep going, and growing, as a poet.

To find out more about how our poetry writing course works, visit our FAQ page.
You can also email us at info@creativewriting.ie
Please view our cancellation/refund policy before booking.

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at info@creativewriting.ie

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

Start Date

5th June

Duration

6 weeks

Price

€170

Tutor

Charly White
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