The Construction of the Poem (Summer 2018)

The Construction of the Poem (Summer 2018)

A rotating line-up of special guest tutors teach you how to construct a poem.

‘On the simplest level, form functions for any poet as a kind of scaffold from which the poem can be constructed.’ – Michael Donaghy

The Construction of the Poem is a new thirty-week course designed to give participants detailed knowledge of all aspects of the history and application of formal techniques in writing poetry. Each session will be taught by a different poet, based on his or her particular areas of expertise, so expect to be challenged and inspired by a variety of approaches and practices. From language and diction, to rhyme and rhythm, to lineation and verse forms (such as the sonnet and sestina), to more radical forms (such as prose poetry and concrete poetry) The Construction of the Poem will give you the tools of the trade needed to build the perfect poem. Details of tutors and sessions are on the website.

10 weekly sessions on Mondays 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starting 14 May. This is the third term of a three-term course.

All classes will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU.  The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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Tutor and individual session details:

Week one – May 14th

A history of the sonnet / canonical sonnets (Jacqueline Saphra)

Week two – May 21st

The sonnet: more recent examples (Jacqueline Saphra)

Week three – May 28th

The sonnet sequence (Jacqueline Saphra)

Week four – June 4th

The sonnet: experiments and radical forms (Mario Petrucci)

Week five – June 11th

Workshop (Jacqueline Saphra)

Week six – June 18th

The prose poem (Joey Connolly)

Week seven – June 25th

Experimental forms: The concrete poem / visual poetry (Mario Petrucci)

Week eight – July 2nd

Experimental forms: Oulipo (Mario Petrucci)

Week nine – July 9th

Experimental forms: New technologies (Joey Connolly)

Week ten – July 16th

Workshop (Joey Connolly)

'The content and assignments were amazing. I learned a lot that will affect all aspects of my writing. The course far exceeded my expectations, which were already high, having previously done a course with the same tutor. Already had one of the assignments published (Morning Star newspaper), and others that I will be sending out.'

Autumn 2016 survey response

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