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SEL2224 : Poetry Workshop

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Bill Herbert
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. Appreciation of the basic elements of poetry e.g. lineation, metrics, rhyme, imagery.
2. Development of voice and style to produce a poem with consideration of intended audience.
3. Develop reading and writing skills in poetry.
4. Develop imaginative skills in relation to own creative work.
5. Experience in drafting and revising in response to a range of feedback and reading.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module consists of a number of lectures and seminars, usually delivered weekly.

There will also be individual tutorials to be scheduled throughout the semester by teaching staff, at which each student may present a passage of their own writing for constructive criticism from their tutor, or submission plans may be discussed.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:300:30Individual tutorial with each student
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:30167:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The weekly lecture introduces the students to formal questions about poetry, and sets tasks and exercises to help them write.

The weekly seminar workshops enable the general principles of the course to be applied through close reading, or set exercises, or in practical critique of individual pieces of writing, led by the tutor.

The individual tutorial focuses the student’s attention on the revision process, leading in the commentary to an overview of techniques, and themes, and a contextualisation of their work in relation to contemporary writing.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100Portfolio of 10-12 poems plus self-reflexive commentary of 1500 words, or the equivalent in continuous assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will submit ten to twelve poems, depending on length (14-40 lines is an acceptable average length). A critical commentary of 1500 words will also be submitted. In this students should discuss their drafting process, and their principles of selection. They should also discuss any relevant information about genre, influences and themes explored in their work. It must include a bibliography of books read and events attended as part of this module.

The submission of creative work allows students to develop the range of skills and knowledge associated with the course. The accompanying commentary enables to student reflect critically upon their own creative processes, and to relate these to contemporary literature.

Reading Lists