Creative Writing Course: Reading & Writing Poetry

What you'll learn

Learn how to read and write poetry with our creative writing courses in Sydney!

This practical course is for anyone with an interest in poetry regardless of their educational background. In these fun and interactive classes, you will learn how to identify various poetic forms, looking at examples from leading Australian and international poets.

Students will deepen their understanding of poetry’s long history, gaining insight into why poetry matters, and how it continues to fascinate and inspire. Students will also have opportunities to experiment with language and draft their own poems. Techniques will be demystified, and playful writing exercises will help students to understand the pleasure of writing poetry and sharing their ideas with other writers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this poetry course, you should be able to:

  • identify various poetic techniques (such as rhyme, assonance, and metre) and use these techniques in their own writing
  • draft, workshop and edit a poem
  • be a better reader of poetry, with a more nuanced understanding of how poems 'speak', 'sing' and generate meaning
  • provide constructive feedback to other poets who are workshopping their work.

Course content

What will be covered in this poetry course?

  • Traditional metric poetry vs free verse: what is the difference and why does it matter?
  • Emotion in poetry: love lyrics, romance and confession
  • Animals, landscapes and nature: from bush ballads to Aboriginal poetics
  • Fun with form: pantoums, haikus, sestinas and villanelles
  • Poetry as a ‘machine to think with’ – poetry as a philosophical tool
  • The purpose of poetry in the contemporary world: who reads it? Where is it published? How can I contribute?

Intended audience

Who is this poetry course for?

Writers at all levels. Whether you are a beginner or have experience writing poetry, the course will stimulate your imagination and help you develop your writing skills in a positive workshop environment. Anyone with an interest in poetry would benefit from enrolling in this course.

For students who have never studied or written poetry, the course will help them to understand the basics – from being able to identify a sonnet to drafting successful poems of their own. People with some knowledge of English literature would also benefit from this course, as poetry is a vast and rich subject area that presents even the most dedicated scholars with endless opportunities for learning.

The course will involve a practical component, encouraging students to experiment with poetic forms and approach writing with a sense of playfulness and excitement. Students will learn how to draft original poetry with the view to potentially being published.

Course materials

Please have these items ready before the first session:

  • A pen and notebook (or device for writing)
  • Any example of a poem or song lyric that you particularly enjoy and would like to share with the class.

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Creative Writing Course: Reading & Writing Poetry

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