Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry in response to online art, ekphrasis ADED11966E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This practice-based course offers an introduction to ekphrasis, writing poems in response to art. Through examination of notable poems of the form - ancient, modern and contemporary - and the artworks that inspired them, students will be encouraged to discuss different creative approaches to writing poems inspired by art. This course will also encourage students to try out these different approaches and techniques in their own writing using artworks visited online. This includes paintings, objects, sound-art, films and other materials held in collections at the University of Glasgow's The Hunterian, the University Library Archive & Special Collections, The Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland and other sites, making this an ideal course for those new to writing poetry and also curious to discover more art.


2 hours per week for 10 weeks

For timetable details, please see our web pages University of Glasgow - Study - Short courses

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Portfolio (35 lines of poetry in total / 1,500 words / equivalent 3 pages) of ekphrastic poem(s) inspired by an artwork examined on the course or an artwork pre-approved by the tutor (75%).


Self-reflective essay (500 words) offering a short commentary on their personal creative process whilst composing their portfolio (25%).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the literary characteristics of ekphrastic poetry through textual analysis of notable examples and detailed study of the artworks that inspired these texts.

■ Encourage individual, creative approaches to writing ekphrastic poetry through practical writing exercises that draw inspiration from art and enable students to apply key techniques to their own writing.

■ Build students' confidence in submitting their creative writing for peer and tutor feedback.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify the key literary characteristics of ekphrastic poetry and apply them in their own creative work.

■ Compose persuasive, artistically coherent and technically competent written work that demonstrates key techniques of ekphrastic poetry.

■ Appraise and reflect upon their own creative process and that of others.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.