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

Key facts

  • Cost: £150
  • Credits: 10


New to writing poetry and looking for inspiration? An emerging poet looking to reinvigorate your craft? Or perhaps you are an art lover looking for new ways to think and write about art?  

An ekphrastic poem is one written in response to a work of art. The art may be a painting, sculpture, photograph, film or even a dance, but the poem created will be entirely up to you and the way you observe and react. 

Join this playful and supportive practical course to learn how to write poetry inspired by artworks and the broader traditions and craft of this form of writing. The art works involved include those held in online collections at the University of Glasgow, making this an ideal course for those new to writing poetry and curious to discover more art and culture online.  

Over a series of talks, close-readings and approachable writing exercises, our expert tutor will explain: 

  • the key features of ekphrastic poetry including distinct techniques, structures, forms and styles 
  • how to try these ideas and techniques out in your own writing 
  • how to share what you’ve written and improve with mutual feedback  

You will also have the chance to discuss and reflect on what you learn with other students and the tutor in seminars 

Choose this course if you want to learn: 

  • more about how to write about art in imaginative new ways using prompts that kickstart or reenergise your writing 
  • how to write poems and apply poetic techniques  
  • how to share your work and improve by editing and refining your work  
  • (for those who submit for assessment) how to improve with written feedback and how to reflect on your writing process. 

Who is this course for?

Anyone new to the study of art, literature and/or beginning to write creatively and interested in: 

  • writing about art, creative art writing and art history 
  • poetry, ekphrasis and creative writing 


(optional) 10 credits at SCQF 7 / Level 1 

Can contribute towards the attainment of Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education (Creative Writing) 

Mode of study

This 10-week course will be delivered online via 2-hour seminars led by a tutor over Zoom. 

Course materials will be provided via our online learning platform Moodle 


  • Start or develop your journey as a writer 
  • Can begin your study of literature and creative writing at university level  
  • contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education 
  • can inform your personal reading list and introduce you to some inspiring writing and artworks 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days