Adventures in Poetry: Writing Workshop (910Q3B)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Writing Poetry is a seminar and workshop for anyone who wants to write poetry.

We will read poetry and essays in preparation for class, but the main activity will be original creative work. You will be asked to write one poem per week and circulate the poem online to the group in advance of class. Seminars will be devoted to extended discussion of students' own work.

Lively and respectful participation in group discussion is an essential part of your work, and you will be assessed partly on the basis of the fullness and generosity of your attention to other's work.

By the end of the semester, you will have produced a collection of poems and a substantial critical preface, with the benefit of regular critical attention from fellow students and from the tutor.


100%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 268 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.