Poetry writing – finding a distinctive voice

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
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Poetry writing – finding a distinctive voice:

This course will give you techniques to create and edit memorable poems inspired by West Dean, its surroundings, and your own experiences. You will develop your poetry-writing and poetry-reading skills, enhance your understanding of the creative process, and enable you to achieve a distinctive poetic voice. Using workshop prompts, writing exercises and inspiration from the house and grounds, you will be shown how to write poetry in different forms and from new perspectives. Through group discussion and collaborative or solo writing, you will be guided to explore the power of ‘voice’ in memorable poetry and, through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials, you will learn self-editing and basic reviewing skills.

Writing poetry from another point of view can play an important part in furthering understanding within communities, as well as fostering a greater awareness of historical and environmental perspectives. Persona poems are versatile; as well as empathy, they can create excitement about language and invite you to experiment with new vocabularies. Some poems can be transformed into songs, and focusing on ‘voice’ will enable lyricists among you to find new ways of telling stories that can be sung as well as read. You can choose to explore ways of transferring your own emotions to other characters and contexts to express them in poems which are convincing without being personal – or to develop your own personal voice with passion, wit, humour and poignancy.

By the end of the course you will have gained: a wider understanding of contemporary poetry and its roots, the creative process, selected poetic forms, and the effective use of rhythm, rhyme and metre; confidence to access a more distinctive poetic voice or voices, and an increased ability to identify strengths and weaknesses in your writing and in that of others.

Additional entry requirements

This course is delivered to suit any level of experience from beginner to advanced practitioner.

Course reference: SWE08636 (use this when contacting provider)

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Chichester, PO18 0QZ


2 days


Full time


No Qualification


Beginner Intermediate Advanced

per course

More info: Arrival day: Friday; Course runs on weekend.

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