Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Poetry Writing: An Applied-Learning Workshop

Instructor: Ashley Hudson

This course will expose students to the craft elements of poetry writing through an examination of special topics in poetry. Students will choose topics and styles on which they wish to focus, study poems and essays that address these topics and styles, read craft essays to build and refine their poetry writing skills, present their topics to the class, and participate in applied learning activities and a peer workshop. Examples of topics include ecopoetry, poetry of witness, confessional poetry, regional poetry, experimental poetry, found poetry, etc.

Students will go out into the world on applied-learning activities (of the students’ own choosing, with approval from the instructor) and utilize the experiences to write a selection of poems, which they will workshop in class with their peers. There is flexibility in how a student harnesses his or her chosen topics, with emphasis placed on each student’s individual learning experience. Each student will propose a topic and collaborate with the instructor on how to fulfill assignments related to the topic.

Evaluation will be based on engagement with topics, applied learning activities, presentations/guided exercises on topics, written peer feedback, and verbal participation in workshops.

Class will meet in person some weeks, while other weeks, students will work from home on the study and writing of their topic, planning for class presentations and guided exercises, meeting individually with the instructor for collaboration and feedback, or attending applied learning activities in lieu of coming to class. Class meetings will be focused on: the exploration of poetry topics (presentations, guided exercises, and discussion); contemplation and peer feedback (discussion and workshop); and the cultivation of students’ experiences and growing knowledge in their own topics, along with how one’s own interests are connected to peers’ work in their specific topics, and how these concepts in poetry are connected to the world-at-large.

Students influence the content and experience of the course as much as the instructor. We build and shape your experience together, then share with your peers to explore connections: how immersion in a special topic reverberates through the study and writing of poetry.

No poetry writing experience necessary. Both novice and experienced writers are welcomed.

Required books:

Students should expect to buy or borrow at least 6 books (Titles are dependent upon the topics chosen. Each student will be provided with a personalized reading list.)

Please see the UNCW Academic Calendar for important dates.

Updated: May 12, 2017