Online Poetry Class with Jim HallWith Jim Otieno-Hall. Starting 01/12/2022
This online poetry class is an ideal way to explore the business of poetry under the guidance of a published poet and is suitable for beginners right through to publication level students.
DURATION: 6 weeks
Start Date: December 1st, 2022 – 2 places remaining
(There will be a course break between December 22nd-January 4th)
Our creative writing classes are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
Places are strictly limited to 10 participants. You don’t have to be based in the US to take the class. We accept students from around the world!
This creative writing class fits in with a student’s schedule. You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. Instead, the class is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever it suits you. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback. You’ll find out more about how the online classes work here.
Please note that this is a class for adults. If you’re under 18, check out our writing for teenagers classes.
The tutor will email you on the class start date with your first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.
Week One – Writing Poems That Matter
We start with setting intentions: for our poems, practice, process. We will examine the ‘why’ that carries us to the page – what dreams and desires do we have for the poems we write? What do we want them, if anything, to ‘do’? What makes them matter, if only to ourselves? How can we embed a sense of creative urgency to write braver and bolder work, over the next six weeks?
Week Two – The ‘Long-Armed’ Poem: Letting Anything Belong
This week we will explore examples of poems that roam, wander freely, welcoming various thoughts, feelings, and observations inside their doors, rather than shutting them out. We will reflect on the potential limitations we set ourselves by what we feel should ‘belong’ in a poem, and work to allow chaos to enter our first drafts, before deciding what we let stay, what we choose to cast off.
Week Three – Poems That (Like Us) Contain Multitudes
This week we will challenge the idea that a poem must sing in one note, and instead turn to Donald Hall’s belief that when it comes to poetry: ‘no conflict, no energy’. We will explore the importance of empathy and nuance when writing our own personal experience / the experiences of others, and examine the impact of poems that hold vast emotional landscapes.
Week Four – Poems That Reimagine, Retell, Make Possible
This week we look to the poets who use poetry to imagine a world different than this one. Who turn to the page to rewrite their own stories, reclaim a history. We will investigate the power of erasure and blackout poetry: forms that enable you to take an experience, feeling, or entire text, and transform it into something fresh, new, yours.
Week Five – On Finding The Form
This week we take a deep-dive into the many ways poetic form can both restrict and set free. Make a poem sing or stifle it. We will explore how learning the rules, only to break them, can create delightful surprises for both writer and reader. You will also have the opportunity to devise your own, personalised form of poetry, based on elements that both excite and challenge you.
Week Six – What We Did, What Will Do Next
In this session, we will look back on what we have achieved, however small or large. You will have the chance to ‘showcase’ a poem that you are proud of, and we will set out clear goals and ideas that will support you to keep going, and growing, as a poet.
‘The neurotransmitters in my brain have been completely re-wired, given a good work
out, and fired it up with enthusiasm to create something good one day. All thanks to
You. I couldn’t have had a more, supportive, encouraging, ‘opener of many doors’ to
possibilities for the future than you, Jim. Thank you so much.’ – N
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