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Creative Writing: Writing the Landscape

Nature is no longer the rustic retreat of the Wordsworthian poet. … [it] is now a pressing political question, a question of survival. Jay Parini 

Writing the landscape

This course will explore the changing seasons of our landscapes – working with painting and engaging at times in ekphrastic writing, we will observe our natural environment and how it is changing.  Touching upon eco poetry, the course will explore different approaches to writing about our natural habitat and ask questions about climate change and the dangers to our precious planet.

Earth rais'd up her head,
From the darkness dread & drear
Her light fled:
Stony dread!
And her locks cover'd with grey despair. Earth's Answer - William Blake

Dates and timesk

This course will run from 10am-12.30pm for eight weeks on the following Thursdays: 

  • Thursday 3rd February 2022
  • Thursday 10th February 2022
  • Break
  • Thursday 24th February 2022
  • Thursday 3rd March 2022
  • Thursday 10th March 2022
  • Thursday 17th March 2022
  • Thursday 24th March 2022
  • Thursday 31st March 2022

Price

The full cost of this course is £220.

Aims

  • To develop close reading skills and gain confidence in reading and discussing contemporary poetry
  • To engage with the idea of poetic practice, in our own work and the work of others
  • To explore our own reading as a creative practice
  • To engage with the process of writing and critical feedback

Content

Week one

What is a landscape in poetry? What makes a modern pastoral poem? This week we will look at the idea of the pastoral and write our responses to the reading materials in the workshop and explore the field, and the land of our imagination and reality.

Week two

Student Critical Feedback

Week three

This week we aim to explore and walk through a narrative of Trees and Woods, and ask ourselves how to write our experiences of them in our poems.

Week four

Student Critical Feedback

Week five

The theme of Pollution and Climate Change dominate conversations in our modern and endangered world, and those conversations will be extended and shared in the workshop through poems which explore these very concerns. This week we will ask how to engage in the ecological shifts of our planet, and come closer to writing about these issues.

Week six

Student Critical Feedback

Week seven

The Landscape of Cities and the Urban Field.  The workshop will explore the city and all that it means to us.  We will explore urbanization and ask ourselves how poetry feeds on urban life. In response to reading materials and poems, we will engage in creative writing exercises to help us write the lost or found city.

Week eight

Student Critical Feedback

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