Poetry Writing

The scope of the market for Poetry has been increasing annually, a trend that seems likely to continue. With more and more specialist publishers looking for poets, poetry readings and festivals, awards and competitions is a trend that has led the Writing School to produce a course that satisfies this growing demand.

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Together with the help of your tutor, you will develop both yourself as a poet and your poetic works. Anyone with a love of words can write a poem. The Writer’s Craft Poetry Writing Course is designed to teach you how it can be done quickly and easily, and in doing so will take the mystique out of this most invigorating form of writing.

Written in a practical format, our course recognises that Poetry Writing is part inspiration and part construction. That’s why “The Poets Message” is such an important part of the course. You are taught to think of your message in terms of lyrics, sonnets, ballads, natural poems, even metaphysical poetry. To express your message you must understand the subtle shades in the use of poetic language. So, your tutor will help you get a feel for rhyme and rhythm, show you how to use a metaphor, alliteration and onomatopoeia; and guide you through the problems of line division and meter.

Poetry should never be formula-written – so we don’t try and get you writing to a set formula. But we do teach you how you can draw inspiration from other poets; and how you can develop your own sense of poetic language and construction. From the first spark of an idea to the final version, you will analyse every aspect of the whole formation of poetry in detail.

Our course gives you a combination of fresh insight and lets you communicate your innermost thoughts and feelings in the most effective metrical form .

Entrance Requirements

Basic literacy skills and a passion for writing!

Program Duration

Recommended 12 months of study

Programme Outcomes

• Definition of poetry – What is a poet? – A bit of history – Rhymed verse – Free verse – Blank verse – The voice of poetry
• Market research – Manuscript presentation – Imagery – Revision – Writer’s rights
• Rhythm & meter – Syllabic meter o Accentual meter – Anapaest – Spring Rhythm – Stanzas, pauses, endings
• Free verse – Long-lined poetry – Short-lined poetry – Open field composition – Haiku – Humour – A small glossary
• Word choices – Publishing – Titles – Self publishing – Competitions – Poetry readings – Book list – Conclusions

For a Detailed Course Structure, please click here.

Assessment and Award

Once you have completed the programme, you will be awarded a Certificate in Poetry Writing.


Please note that this programme is not registered on the NQF, and as such it is not a credit-bearing programme.

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