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R3,995.00

An Introduction to Poetry



"Poetry has power.
It opens mind, heals a broken day, steals a heart, steels it too. It stirs one to action and leads one to find the core of one's thoughts, hopes and aspirations."

Liesl Jobson

 

 

This online course teaches the basic tools of poetry, looking at line length, figures of speech, metered verse, tone, imagery and lyricism. Students will find ways to practise these concepts in their own poetry. They are encouraged to explore the truth that resides in a cliché and to coax this truth into fresh lines. They are guided to craft their words into workable forms with the goal of preparation for publication.

Each unit will present standard concepts, offer new tools as they appear in a poem from the canon of English literature, and students will have the opportunity to practise new skills. The tasks are interactive so that by the end of the three modules, the student has an integrated sense of his or her own writing and a finer sense of what kind of poetry he or she wants to write.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am very pleased with the poems that I produced. At times, I was challenged to write beyond my comfort zone and I am grateful for this. My tutor was excellent and very kind. My original objective was simply to write more and be a better writer and the course has definitely achieved that. So yes, it met my objectives. It has also inspired me to broaden my reading, writing and publishing horizons. I had a wonderful experience. The course challenged and inspired me.”

Michelle Smith, Introduction to Poetry Course

 

 

 

Course Details:


 

Students must complete:


 

Admission Requirements:


 
  • Modules: 3 Modules
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace :between three and six months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round
  • 15 poetry exercises with one-on-one instruction from their tutor. By the end of the course, students should have five poems written.
  • Student Feedback
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required
  • No previous tertiary qualification required
  • Students must be proficient in the English Language
 



Tutor for this course:


Fiona-Zerbst
Fiona Zerbst is the author of four poetry collections to date: Oleander (Modjaji Books, 2009), Time and Again (UCT Younger Poets Series No 1/Snailpress, 2002), the small zone (Snailpress, 1995) and Parting Shots (Carrefour Press, 1991). She received an MA in Creative Writing from UCT, studying under the late Stephen Watson.

Her poems have been anthologised in The Heart in Exile, eds Tromp and De Kock, Penguin, 1996, Imagination in a Troubled space, Poetry Salzburg, 2004, The Pick of Snailpress, 2000 and City in Words, David Philip, 2001. Most recently, two of her poems were selected for inclusion in the prestigious US literary magazine The Common(www.thecommononline.org).

Read more about Fiona here >

 

 

Course Curriculum


 

Module 1 - An Introduction to Poetry - Where do poets find their inspiration?

  • Where do poets find their inspiration?
  • Line length and line breaks


Module 2 - Figures of Speech in Poetry

  • Why we use figures of speech
  • Understanding metaphors, similes and poetic devices


Module 3 - Rhythm and Rhyme

  • Must a poem rhyme?
  • Understanding rhythm
  • Using assonance, consonance, alliteration and other sound effects
 

 

 

“I found the course to be very satisfying. I believe I learnt some very valuable things.”

Anthony Eschner, Introduction To Poetry

 

 

 

How does the course work?

 

The course consists of three modules. Detailed class notes covering the content of each module are e-mailed to students.

At the end of each section, students will be required to complete several writing exercises.

Once the writing assignment has been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete. The next module will then be e-mailed to the student.


 

Conditions of Certification:

 

Students will receive an SA Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all 15 writing assignments
  • The course must have been completed within three months of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course
 

Minimum Estimated Time Commitment:

 

This course requires ongoing informal research. The poet will read and buy poetry books and journals in order to discover what moves his or her own poetic mind. Hopefully, this "research" is also an enjoyable hobby that becomes an ongoing pleasure nourishing the student's poetry for life.

Additionally, there is the discipline of writing and reflection on the process. A poet cannot wait for the muse. The muse waits for the poet. When you write, the muse shows up. You will be inspired, even when you feel uninspired. Because regular writing and re-writing is integral to the process of poetry-making, the course is designed so that one module takes one month.

After studying the modules, the exercises should take an hour or two per week to complete. Ideally, students spend 10 minutes daily writing in a poetry journal, a portion of which is submitted in the final portfolio.

 

 


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Feedback on this course from past students




"I enjoyed the course material and thought it was very good. My tutor Fiona was excellent; her comments were encouraging, she challenged me to think differently and to explore emotion beyond what I might usually do. She was also helpful in suggesting poems and poets, many of which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. My experience with SA Writers College was very enjoyable and I look forward to doing several more courses with them." Robert Falconer, Introduction to Poetry Course

“The course was everything I hoped for and Fiona Zerbst was excellent! Informative, clear, constructive criticism. She was fair in her observations and criticism, exactly what I needed. I have genuinely grown under her guidance and am looking forward to creating and moulding my poetry via the feedback I have received hopefully to create good, strong legibly-robust pieces.” Warren Furst, Introduction to Poetry Course

“When I started this course I was not sure how much effort I had to put in. But like a toddler, I was prepared to put one small step forward and fall, then rise and attempt another stride, this time with caution. Indeed, Fiona guided me to make a giant step and gain confidence that steadily propels me towards my dream of having my poems published. SA Writers College is a world-class college offering unbeatable online courses!” Motlalentoa Letsosa, Introduction to Poetry Course

“I loved the course! It was simple enough for beginners, such as myself, to understand and follow but also challenging and stimulating. Fiona was an absolute joy to work with. I have so enjoyed exploring the world of poetry, and SA Writers College afforded me that opportunity in ways that went far beyond my expectations.” Ashleigh James, Introduction to Poetry Course

“It forces you out of your comfort zone which doesn’t just make you a better poet, it makes you a more honest person as well. Fiona Zerbst is truly great. She’s inspirational. I doubt the course would’ve been as fun without her. We all know the only way to become a better writer is to write - that’s what SA Writers College does: provides you with the opportunity to write your heart out.” Brady Heslop, Introduction to Poetry Course

"I was very tentative and nervous when I started this course. Now I leave pleased at having endeavoured it but also determined to return to do another course in prose. Fiona was instrumental in not only giving excellent guidance but motivating me in a confident way. Overall I loved it; I learnt more than I expected and I challenged myself and was challenged in turn." Grace Goedhart, An Introduction to Poetry Course

“I had a great time on the course and produced the best writing I have ever done. My experience was profound and therapeutic. I learned simple yet valuable ways to move from journaling to writing actual poetry.” Cindy Jordaan, Introduction to Poetry Course

“The course was very good. Owen gave very thoughtful and helpful feedback. He was honest but gentle, and I always felt encouraged and supported by him. Overall, it was an excellent way to study writing from home.” Dinah Mountier, An Introduction to Poetry Course

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am very pleased with the poems that I produced. At times, I was challenged to write beyond my comfort zone and I am grateful for this. My tutor was excellent and very kind. My original objective was simply to write more and be a better writer and the course has definitely achieved that. So yes, it met my objectives. It has also inspired me to broaden my reading, writing and publishing horizons. I had a wonderful experience. The course challenged and inspired me.” Michelle Smith, Introduction to Poetry Course

“I found the course to be very satisfying. I believe I learnt some very valuable things.” Anthony Eschner, Introduction To Poetry

“My experience on the course was great. The constructive criticism helped me hone my skills. Her comments on my work motivated and inspired me greatly; any criticism she had was fair and always right. The course was awesome, I would seriously consider doing another.” Laura-May Randell, Introduction to Poetry




 

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