Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Writing Poetry

Module Q3204

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Writing Poetry is a seminar and workshop for aspiring poets. Students will read poetry and essays in preparation for class, but the chief activity will be original creative work. Everyone will be asked to write a poem per week, and to circulate the poem online to the whole group in advance of class. Seminars will comprise a short introductory discussion of a set text, followed by a more extended discussion of students' own work. For the purposes of this module, lively and respectful participation in group discussion is an essential part of our work, and students will be assessed partly on the basis of their generosity of attention to each other's work. By the end of the semester, every student on the course will have produced a short collection of poems, with the benefit of regular critical attention from fellow students and from the tutor. The module will conclude with a public poetry reading event on campus in which all students will be invited to participate.

Module learning outcomes

Write poetry with a confident understanding of a number of poetic techniques, verse forms and theories of poetics.

Demonstrate understanding of a number of historically important poetic styles and theories of poetry.

Respond generously and critically to the work of others in group discussion.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ProjectA2 Week 2 70.00%
PresentationT2 Week 11 30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Keston Sutherland

Convenor, Assess convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

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