Poetry, Publishing and Performing

  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (evening)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 24 January 2019
  • Course duration: Thursday evenings for ten weeks

This course will develop your skills and confidence in writing poetry, providing advice and insights in how to get your work published or performed.

In recent years, poetry in all its forms has enjoyed a welcome surge in popularity.

It’s a fantastically creative way of expressing ideas, thoughts and emotions to an audience.

Many poets are now able to generate an income through this art form, whether that be via readings, workshops or book sales.

However, in an increasingly crowded arena, it’s important to understand how to present your work effectively either on stage or on the page, giving your poetry the edge it needs to be published and recognised on the thriving live circuit.

This course will therefore show you how to develop your poetry, hone your skills and get your voice heard.

No experience of writing or performing poetry is necessary.

Complete beginners as well as more experienced writers will be welcome on this exciting and explorative course.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have developed a small portfolio of poems.

You’ll also gain an insight into the world of publishing and performance, and received a one-to-one advice about how to continue into the future.

Tutor profile: Andrew Graves regularly performs his poetry throughout the UK.

He has appeared on TV and radio on a number of occasions, being featured on programmes like BBC6 Music’s ‘Cerys Matthews Show’ and the BBC4 documentary ‘Evidently John Cooper Clarke’.

Andrew has performed alongside spoken word legends Henry Normal, John Hegley and Sleaford Mods.

Favoured by the likes of comic book legend Alan Moore, he’s often cited as the hardest working poet in the East Midlands.

In 2017 he was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award and was asked to represent Nottingham at the Edinburgh International Literature Festival.

Following on from his first Burning Eye Books collection ‘Light at the end of the Tenner’, Andrew toured with his latest book and show ‘God Save the Teen’.

He has over 15 years’ experience as a workshop leader and facilitator.

Indicative maximum class size: 14

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • take part in structured classes exploring how to give a voice to your poetry, in a supportive environment
  • improve your writing and potential performance skills, using various techniques, exercises, discussions and inspirational activities
  • discover how to develop your range by experimenting with style, form and genre
  • enhance your ability to give and receive valuable feedback
  • learn about the poetry publishing world, how to approach publishers and effectively pitch ideas for collections and pamphlets
  • gain an insight into the current live poetry circuit, the key promoters and best opportunities.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £350.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £350.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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