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Poetic Animals

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Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, one day

Indicative maximum class size: 15

This course explores the work of contemporary poets who write about animals and the notion of the human animal, and will support you in developing your own poetry in this field.

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Course Date

2nd December 2017

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Course Description

The course is for beginners and more experienced writers who are interested in publication. It combines thoughtful, close reading of contemporary poetry with the creation of your own new and original work.

On this course you will:

  • complete poetry writing exercises that will involve whole group work, pair work and individual work
  • be guided through the process of writing a poem, from inception to editing
  • begin a portfolio of poetry or add to an existing one
  • receive high quality feedback on your work in a supportive environment
  • work with a tutor to identify the next steps for your writing.

What will I gain?

You will leave this course with a poem that you have written and edited.

You will also have an increased awareness of contemporary poetry that engages with animals and the notion of the human animal, and the confidence to continue this process independently.

Tutor profile: Zayneb Allak is a writer and teacher. She has worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, teaching students of all ages and backgrounds, but now calls Nottingham home.

She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from NTU, where she works as a Research Associate in Critical Poetics and Lecturer in English Literature. She also teaches on the BA in Creative Writing at Nottingham University.

Her poetry has appeared in The Rialto and New Walk and she’s currently putting together a full-length collection.  She’s interested in how writing is made and ways in which the creative process can surprise and unsettle us.  

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Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813