CRWT40200 Writing Poetry

Academic Year 2023/2024

Module Description

You will be introduced to the range of poetic forms from the free verse to the more regular modes of writing and come to understand the ways that different processes of writing require different formal approaches. A program of reading will introduce you to a range of important poets, and the ways they have used poetry to write about topics ranging from romantic love to political revolution. As a consequence you will come to understand the possibilities that poetry presents in terms of what it can say and the ways it can say it. The course will give you an opportunity to write your own poetry each week in response to the ideas and work presented, and you will receive tutor and peer group feedback through workshops. Through reading your work to your peer group, and taking part in reading activities outside the class, you will develop the performance skills required to present your work to a public.

Assessment will be a via a portfolio of poetry and an accompanying critical and reflective essay.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will:

1. Know a range of forms of poetry.
2. Know the work of a range of key poets and their approach to the writing process.
3. Understand how to use a range of poetic forms in response to particular themes or ideas.
4. Develop skills in performing your work.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a workshop based module in which students will be introduced to forms of poetry, discuss the work of other poets and write their own work. Students will also carry out peer review activities where the work of each class member gets feedback on their own work. The workshop is carried out in a professional but supportive manner, and gives class members very valuable information on the ways their work might be read. Those reviewing the work of others also gain important skills in giving constructive feedback. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Portfolio: You will produce a portfolio of approximately 15 pages of poetry and an associated critical reflection. The final composition of the portfolio will be agreed with the tutor. Unspecified n/a Graded Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive ongoing tutor and peer review feedback on their writing throughout the semester through workshop activities. They will have the opportunity to change their work or produce new work for the portfolio. Following the completion of the assessment of the portfolio general feedback will be given as a class activity. Individual and specific issues will be addressed through a one-to-one meeting with the tutor.