Introduction to writing poetry ADED12004E

  • 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

Join this course to begin to learn the art and craft of writing poetry with encouragement, support and guidance. Together we'll discuss and decode inspiring examples of the form to pick up new skills, techniques, rhythmic patterns, rhyme structures, constraints and modes (such as sonnet, ballad, lyric, elegy etc.). Writing exercises will enable us to practise these in our own writing and share our work for group feedback. We will also discuss poetic compositional methods, habits and ideas that help us write poetry. Overall, this course offers a welcoming first step or reinvigorating new approach for anyone interested in writing poems.


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





To assess ILOs 1 and 2:

Portfolio (35 lines of poetry, 3 page equivalent) of original poetry in the form of several shorter pieces, extract(s) from a longer work or one singular complete piece that respond to the types of poetry discussed on the course (75%)


Note: students opting to submit a revised version of work that has already submitted for credit on another course must clearly highlight any passages from that work and they should not exceed 10% of the entire wordcount to avoid auto or self-plagiarism as per the University of Glasgow's plagiarism statement 32.2



To assess ILO 3:

Self-reflective essay (500 words) discussing how a positive writing habit or piece of feedback gained on this course helped the student produce their portfolio (25%).

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Introduce students to some of the key stylistic features, formal structures and/or compositional methods of several different types and modes of poetry through textual analysis of notable examples

■ Encourage individual, creative approaches to different types of poetry through practical writing exercises that encourage students to write their own poems in response

■ Build students' confidence by submitting their creative writing for peer and tutor feedback, and via discussion of helpful writing habits

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify some of the key stylistic features, formal structures and/or compositional methods involved in different types and modes of poetry and apply these to their own writing

■ Compose persuasive, artistically coherent and technically competent poems that respond to some of the stylistic features, structures or compositional methods discussed on the course

■ Reflect upon their own creative process and that of others, including helpful writing habits

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.