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Creative writing - Contemporary British Poetry

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Start date: 22nd Apr 2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Cost: £95

Day: Thursday

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Jackie Kirman

Course code: 21SU016

This course is for people who enjoy the creative writing process - from beginners to more experienced writers…a place to share, critique and develop your pieces of writing.

For the first session students will need; pen, paper, folder/binder for notes, and access to Zoom. We will send an invite out to you.

The course aims to cover several key British poets, examine some different writing techniques used in poetry in an enabling environment. Students will be encouraged to practice these techniques with exercises at home. Each week there will be multiple examples of contemporary poetry from poets like Simon Armitage and Linda France

The course will cover:

 Week One: Introduction to Poetry

 Week Two: Draw on your own real-life experiences

 Week Three: Descriptive/sensory language/sharp concrete imagery.

 Week Four: Free writing

 Week Five: Experiment with a different poetic form.

 Week Six: Play with rhyme/meter

 Week Seven: Explore poetic devices

 Week Eight: Word choice/editing

 Week Nine: Structure

 Week Ten: Showcase week

 By the end of the course students should feel a developing awareness of how to structure a poem, and how to use various poetic devices to make your poetry better.

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Jackie Kirman

Jackie Kirman has had a career in teaching, initially in the primary sector, then latterly in Further and Higher education institutions. She has specialized in Child Development and Early Years studies.

More recently she has completed several writing courses including a Postgraduate Creative Writing course at Masters level at York University in which she gained a first qualification. She is a member of the Alpha writer’s group which includes writers from all over the world. As a group they are dedicated to sharing good practice, producing high quality written work covering many different writing genres. Jackie also has her own website on WordPress ( jlk2016@wordpress.com ) where she posts poetry, short stories etc.

Although she is relatively new to the publishing world, she has had several pieces of poetry and short stories published (on-line – Poetry Republic, Bookers Readers corner, and anthologies – Great British Write Off.) She is currently writing a novel and a screen play.

Jackie believes that anyone can write creatively – and that each individual has their own set of unique experiences which can be used to explore the creative writing process. The course will help provide a framework from which to develop these skills.

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