Creative Writing: Poetry

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Creative Writing: Poetry

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Creative Writing, Poetry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Practical work in developing the skills necessary for composing and revising poetry.

    The paper is run on a workshop basis. Students are set weekly reading and writing exercises, and their work is discussed with fellow students and the course co-ordinator.

    Course Structure
    Exercises in forms ranging from the traditional to the experimental will be set weekly, with students writing their own work for class discussion.

    Students submit 2 portfolios for assessment:
    -The first of five poems
    -The second of a maximum of ten poems for assessment

    There is no exam.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students will come away with editorial and critical skills to apply to their own poetry. They will also end the course with a portfolio of their own poetry.

    99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry edited by Paula Green and Harry Ricketts
    The 20th Century in Poetry by Michael Hulse and Simon Rae

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