Hearing Voices (International)

Hearing Voices (International)

Learn to shape your poetic voice and experiment with new ones in your writing.

What does ‘voice’ mean for poets? It’s a term that’s used freely in literary circles, but how can we define and shape the way our voices are heard? What does your voice sound like on the page, and are there different ways of hearing it?

During this course, we’ll take inspiration from, and ask questions of, Tony Hoagland’s 2019 handbook, The Art of Voice, and experiment with some ways of hearing – and writing – our voices. We’ll explore identity and intent, and listen for other voices too: those of our friends and family, the voices we engage with through song or drama, the fragments we absorb through news or advertising. And we’ll tune in to unexpected voices … what if that plant in the garden has something to say?

Drawing on a range of reference poems, including work by Frank O’Hara, Lucille Clifton, William Blake, Alice Oswald, Les Murray, and Sylvia Plath, we’ll investigate different approaches to voice in order to make poems that speak in fresh ways.

You might become a collagist, a reporter, a dramatist or ventriloquist. There are so many voices to be written. Sharpen your pencils and get ready to listen.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.

More information about how all our online courses work can be found on the Online Courses page. 

Image credit: Authors: Griswold, B. J.

About Kathryn Simmonds View Profile

Kathryn Simmonds has published two collections with Seren, Sunday at the Skin Launderette (2008), and The Visitations (2013). She has been Poet-in-Residence at the Charles Causley Trust in Cornwall, and her poems have appeared in various publications including Poetry, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Poetry Review and The Irish Times. Her poems and short stories have also been broadcast on BBC radio. She has worked as a poetry tutor for Morley College and Oxford University Continuing Education, and run a number of courses for The Poetry School. She lives in Norwich with her family.

‘A brilliant course. Kathryn is a great tutor.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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