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SEL8521 : MA Writing Poetry: Summer School 2

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jacob Polley
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 3 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


Both Summer School 1 & Summer School 2 offer an intensive course in professional development, helping to improve students’ awareness of the market for their work and to give an insight into the opportunities for publication, funding and publicity available to poets. It will also encourage students to become aware of the multiple paths by which they can disseminate their work, develop their audience and source income via their writing.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Summer School consists of an intensive course of five full-day sessions, which may include taught seminars, workshops, readings, and discussion. Students will develop an awareness of the opportunities available for their professional and academic development, including opportunities for the subsequent completion of a PhD, or the skills required of writers in residencies and on project work, such as commissions and collaborations. Content is modified each year. The syllabus in the London Summer School will usually focus on topics such as ‘Commissions, Collaborations, Residiencies, and Tutoring’. The syllabus in the Newcastle Summer School will usually focus on topics such as ‘Publishing, Editing, Collecting, and Further Research’. Summer School alternates between the two cities each year. Please note students have to book and pay for Summer School travel and accommodation. Please see Module Guides for more detail.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1180:00180:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will become familiar with the context in which the professional poet can pursue their craft and develop strategies by which to further pursue the writing they have undertaken on the various other modules of this degree.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio3A100A mixed portfolio of poetic and essayistic work. The submission should not usually exceed 4000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students demonstrate acquisition of knowledge and skills through the submission of their creative work and further demonstrate their understanding of their own creative practice through the accompanying essayistic work.

Reading Lists