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Poetry Writing Course Online. The French poet Paul Valéry defined poetry as ‘a language within a language.’ American poet Kenneth Koch spoke of poetry as ‘a language in which the sound of the words is raised to an importance equal to that of their meaning.’

Each word has a little music of its own, which poetry rearranges so it can be heard. In Adam’s comprehensive workshops you will delve deep into these arrangements, exploring the full arsenal of poetic tools– such as symbolism, repetition, figurative speech and persona – you need to become fluent in poetry.

Adam will combine reading poems with writing them and encourage both beginners and more experienced poets to listen for words that help a poem hang together.

The course will also introduce many poetic forms such as the sonnet, haiku and villanelle, and you will discover how contemporary poets continue to push the envelope of these age-old forms.

Taking its approach from Paul Muldoon’s advice to, ‘lose your voice and write about what you don’t know’, the course will take you deeper into your unique poetic style where you will be encouraged to first learn the rules and then break them.

All this and lots more …

Each week you will receive a module with several exercises constructed by Adam and then receive personal feedback to encourage and help you move forward. This one-to-one workshop is individually tailored for each poet – beginners, intermediate and advanced level.

 

 

Structure: Poetry Writing Course

Week 1: Writing from experience. 

  • Using your own life to find and strengthen your writing  voice.
  • Showing not Telling.
  • How avoiding abstract nouns and using concrete language makes your work more evocative.

Week 2: Keep it Symbol

  • Using symbols in your work.
  • Writing about objects.
  • Exploring anthropomorphic or personification poetry.
  • Sensory perception; using the senses to enhance your work.

Week 3: Transforming Tradition

  • Recognising cliches.
  • Subverting and re-enlivening clichés.
  • Learning about stereotypes in writing.

Week 4: Making more with less

  • Mastering the art of brevity
  • and learning Haiku from the old masters
  • using haiku in the 21st century.

Week 5: The Sonnet

  • learning different aspects of the sonnet
  • Rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter. Using the contemporary slant sonnet.
  • Creating a rhyme well to form a sonnet.

Week 6 Module 6: Found in Translation (for monoglots)

  • How to become a translator even if you speak only one language.
  • translating fragments of classical poetry.
  • Translating from cribs.
  • Homophonic translation.

Week 7: Mythology in poetry

  • Putting ancient myths into a contemporary context
  • Demythologizing the myth
  • Adapting and reinterpreting mythology for the modern age.
  • Apotheosis: bringing the gods back down to earth.

Module 8: Man and Beast

  • Stepping into the skin of animals
  • Abstract animals – having fun juxtaposing animals with abstract nouns, such as love and hate.
  • Animal as muse. Finding animals for inspiration.
  • Sound poetry, creating your own language through mythical beasts.

Module 9: Editing and Redrafting

  • The next stage.
  • Tips and exercise to help edit and re-draft your work.
  • Writing pastiches.

Module 10: The end is just the Beginning

  • Writing about home
  • The Guide exercise.
  • Ars poetica: writing your own poem about poetry.
  • Writing tips from writers and advice on how to get published.

 

 

Course Tutor: Adam Wyeth

Adam Wyeth was born in Sussex, England, in 1978 and has lived in County Cork, Ireland, since 2000. His critically acclaimed debut collection of poetry, Silent Music (Salmon Poetry, 2011) was highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. His collection of essays, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry, which includes many poems by leading Irish poets, was published by Salmon in 2013.

Adam was a runner-up in the 2006 Arvon International Poetry Competition, a prize-winner in the 2009 Fish International Poetry Competition, commended in the 2012 Ballymaloe International Poetry Competition, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, 2013. His work appears in The Forward Book of Poetry 2012 (Faber, 2011), The Best of Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword, 2010), Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland(Dedalus Press, 2010) and Something Beginning with P (2004).

He has made two films on poetry, A Life in the Day of Desmond O’Grady, first screened at The Cork Film Festival, 2004; and a full length feature, Soundeye: Cork International Poetry Festival, 2005. Wyeth’s debut play Hang Up, produced by Broken Crow, has been staged at many festivals, including the Electric Picnic and the Galway Theatre festival. A member of Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Scheme, Wyeth has been a creative writing workshop facilitator for ten years and has held workshops at many literary festivals all over Ireland.

 

 

Enrolment/Fees: Poetry Writing Course

The course costs £245, payable in advance to Fish Publishing through PayPal. To check how much that is in your currency  – Currency Converter –

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You will shortly receive an introductory email from your course tutor (normally within 3 working days). We hope that you find the course useful, constructive and enjoyable. Please fill out the Feedback form after the last module.
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Testimonials: Poetry Writing Course

 

The whole course has been an adventure. An eye opener too. It has given me lots of exercises I can use to stimulate ideas. Mostly it has given me insight into where my strengths might lie, and of course where I need to concentrate my efforts to improve.

Maureen Cullen

 

What an enjoyable course it has been, thank you.

Avril Leigh

 

The course has been fun but challenging, always nudging me beyond my comfort zone and giving me plenty of new ideas and new ways of thinking about poetry. Above all, the personalised feedback has been incredibly useful, like having your own mentor, encouraging but also very honest. A great learning experience.

Marina Sofia

 

Working with Adam Wyeth has been like pulling up a chair next to a master craftsman, as he patiently explained the tools of his craft. Adam has allowed me to experiment without embarrassment, which I truly needed. 
      I teach my university students how to analyze poetry and literature, but with Adam I learned how to try to enter the world of poetry with beginner’s eyes, inhabit the role of the poet, allow myself to have fun with words, fall off the poet’s stool and get back on again. Working with Adam has also given me courage to go back to my prose, which I keep on dropping and sticking in a drawer, like a scalding pot of words.

Peggy Preciado

 

 

Enrolment Conditions: Poetry Writing Course

Once the Poetry Writing Course has commenced, there are no transfers or refunds in the event you are unable to continue. In exceptional circumstances, a time extension may be granted if the student is unable to complete the course in the allotted time limit. You understand the course materials are copyright and agree never to sell, rent or otherwise distribute your course materials in any way. Enrolment on the Poetry Writing Course is taken as acceptance of conditions.

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