New narrative poetry

Course Dates: 15/01/19 - 26/03/19
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Jennifer Wong

This inventive course weaves together elements of drama, cinema, fairy-tale and fiction to create new kinds of poetry. Explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, using traditional and experimental techniques. For experienced poets.

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New narrative poetry


What is the course about?

This course is about creating new poems which explore lyric, narrative and dramatic forms, borrowing from other genres and disciplines. Ideally designed for experienced poetry writers, the programme is also suitable for flash fiction writers and anyone interested in the possibilities of dramatic voice. Modern fiction, cinema and fairy-tale will be investigated and used as material for new kinds of poetry.

Students say: "I enjoyed discussing the aspects of narrative in relation to poetry"; "Excellent materials and exercises"; "Great feedback and inclusive group"; "The tutor was really helpful and supportive.".

What will we cover?

- The key elements and techniques for writing poetry
- The ways in which lyric and narrative can be combined, borrowing techniques from fiction and cinema, stealing from art, music and fairy tale
- Experimenting with new approaches to poems and stories.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Read, understand and identify different types of poems
- Recognise and experiment with features of poetry such as form, free verse and rhythm
- Apply new ways of looking and listening to create new poetry
- Respond to a piece of work critically.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an advanced course and students should previously have completed a poetry course at Build or elsewhere, or have considerable experience of reading and writing poetry.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You'll be taught through a combination of group work, discussion, and presentations by your tutor. Topics introduced in class will be explored further through weekly writing assignments. You will be asked to present your work. Study of poetry alongside other art forms is an intrinsic part of the course, and fifty percent of the time will be devoted to the exploration of the set texts, including film clips, extracts from essays, mythology and fairy tales.

All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs. Please bring pen and paper (or electronic equivalent).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Visit for more details or if you're interested in reading your work. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology. Learn more at For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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This is a very interesting course and the students all participate with a high level of enthusiasm & commitment. This is a reflection of the tutor's inspiring approach to the writing & reading of poetry.
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Review by Enthusiast / (Posted on 20/02/2017)
This is a very interesting course and the students all participate with a high level of enthusiasm & commitment. This is a reflection of the tutor's inspiring approach to the writing & reading of poetry.
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Review by Enthusiast / (Posted on 03/01/2016)

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Course Code: HW007

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Tue, eve, 15 Jan - 26 Mar '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £80.00
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