Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of ‘A-level Study Boost: Unseen Poetry and the Creative Process’. In this part of the course, you’ll be turning your attention to the creative process of writing poetry.

Just as there is no one way to read and understand a poem, there is no one way to be creative. Each person’s creative process is an individual expression of themselves, based on a unique combination of things such as personal experiences, culture, identity and many other internal and external factors.

You’ll start this week by reflecting on the creative process and you’ll hear Peter Robinson, an award-winning poet, novelist, and Professor in the English Literature Department at the University of Reading, share his own creative processes of writing poetry.

You’ll also write your poem, titled: ‘The View from Here’. You’ll be guided by Lecturer of Creative Writing at the University, and award-winning poet and author of ‘Patagonia’, Kate Clanchy and your Lead Educator Rebecca Bullard, who will illustrate in the workshops, strategies you can use to start writing a poem and techniques to refine the structure of your work.

Using what you’ve learned in Week 1, you’ll discover how analysing and writing poetry are closely linked, as you give constructive feedback to other Learners on their poem, and receive feedback on your own poem.

Again, the mentor team will be on hand to answer some of your questions, but please remember they may not be able to respond to everyone. For this reason, you may like to ‘Follow’ them by clicking on the links to their ‘Profiles’ so you can access their responses throughout the course.

In the next Step, you’ll consider different expressions of creativity and what can be gained by being creative.

Don’t forget, you can also view the glossary as you go through the week.

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A-level Study Boost: Unseen Poetry and the Creative Process

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