What is the course about?
On this advanced course, you'll have the opportunity to develop your poetry, taking it in new directions and maturing your poetic voice. Various approaches and techniques will be explored, and students' work will be discussed and critiqued in detail. By the end of the course you should ideally be producing poetry of publishable quality.
Students say: "This has been a fantastic course - both supportive and critical"; "The group dynamic was excellent and the teacher's advice was very helpful"; "A supportive yet challenging atmosphere, with constant encouragement to write regularly"; "A constructive and collaborative atmosphere."
The Tutor: Caroline Natzler's publications include a collection of autobiographically based short stories, Water Wings (Onlywomen Press) and five collections of poetry; Design Fault (Flambard Press), Smart Dust (Grenadine Press), Fold (Hearing Eye) Only (Grenadine Press) and Still (Grenadine Press). Caroline has been running writing workshops for many years and is a contributor to Taking Reality by Surprise: Writing for Pleasure and Publication, ed. Susan Sellers (The Women's Press).
Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- Redrafting and rethinking your own poetry, broadening your range and maturing your poetic voice
- Aspects of technique which you are grappling with in your work or want to explore further
- Exploring some approaches in contemporary poetry
- How to submit work for publication
- How to read your work at poetry venues
- Information about readings and opportunities for publication.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Edit and revise your work
- Read your poems aloud, and submit them for publication if you want
- Respond to and assess poetry with sensitivity.
You should also have:
- Developed your skills as a poet
- Written some poems of publishable quality.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for more experienced writers of poetry who have been writing poems for a year or more. Build offers introductory 'Ways into poetry' and intermediate 'Paths through poetry' courses for less experienced writers.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Reading aloud and discussing your own work and that of other participants
- Presentations by tutor on particular topics of interest and aspects of technique relevant to participants’ work, followed by class discussion
- Some reading and discussing contemporary poems relevant to topics and techniques being discussed
- Optional homework exercises and suggestions to help you develop your own poetry
- Sharing information about readings, competitions and how to submit work for publication.
The tutor will invite participants to suggest topics and aspects of technique which they want to explore, and may also suggest some herself. If students do not want to read their poetry aloud, other arrangements can be made for sharing the work.
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?
Paper and pen/pencil. You will need to make copies of your work to share with the class; these will be returned to
you as soon as the reading is over.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offer a range of poetry courses at a range of levels. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
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. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. 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