Poetry Writing Workshop

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Module code


  • Level 1
  • Semester 1
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%


Have you ever thought of learning the art and craft of writing poetry? This introductory module is a practical workshop-based approach to writing poetry. Over the course of the semester you will be introduced to a number of key poetic forms, supported through a series of workshop exercises, and taught in weekly workshop sessions in which you will learn how to respond creatively, critically, and compassionately to poetry that is your own and that of others

Weekly workshops will lead by an experienced workshop leader and practicing poet. These will be based on the Iowa workshop method which will provide a forum for creative and critical response, and take as their main focus your own work. Indicative formal and thematic course content may include: the Haiku, the Couplet, the Sonnet, the Ghazal, the Villanelle, and the Pantoum, as well as Rhyme, Syllabics, Rhythm, Poetic Metaphor, and Free Verse. Assessment will be by 100% coursework, comprising a portfolio of your own poetic work accompanied by a short critical reflection on your poetic process.


Dr Heather Yeung


The teaching is carried out in workshops that allow for a good deal of personal interaction and group discussion where every member of the class participates in, and creates both critical and imaginative responses.


This module is assessed as follows:

  • 6 pages poetry and a critical reflection of 600 words (100%)

Module Aims

To provide an introduction to the skill set required in taking an undergraduate degree in which poetry writing is a component.

To build confidence in talking about poems and ideas, and to discuss the writing created in class.

Intended learning outcomes

As a result of studying this module students will:

1. Have knowledge and understanding of some basic poetic forms, and understand appropriate methods of poetic composition.

2. Have developed self-starting strategies in writing, and critical approaches to their reading, composition, and responses to the work of others.

3. Have an understanding of how to relate generic poetic forms and techniques to their own work, how to formulate constructive critical responses to the work of others, and how to apply constructive criticism to and effectively edit their own work.