Creative writing: How to write poetry
What you'll learn
- You will know how to use words to express yourself
- Learn how to use meter and rhyme
- Plenty of exercises to help you start different forms of poetry such as sonnets, free verse, blank verse, limmericks, nonsense and narrative poetry
- Create poems full of meaning and expression
- A desire to use your imagination to write poetry
- An understanding of English
- Pen and paper - lots of paper!
'I like that you are not just rambling about being authentic and finding yourself and on and on (like another course I tried), but getting right to the nuts and bolts of HOW to write poetry.' Gregory
'After reading many books about poetry and still not quite getting to grips with meter and stressed/unstressed syllables. Serena managed to teach me in a matter of minutes. Lovely clear and coherent teaching style. So glad I did this course'
'REALLY helpful. I'm delighted.' Liz
Writing poetry is a special way of using words and involves putting these words in a special order.
This course covers poetic form, rhythm and rhyme and encourages you to write poetry that you are proud of. It has been designed so that you can hop from one section to another, they are not dependent upon each other, this makes writing your poem easier for you as you can concentrate on the particular form of poem that you want to write.
This course not only explains how to write poetry but also has many various writing exercises to help you create your poetry.
There are practical projects for you to try which can be downloaded - writing sentences in different metres, write a sonnet with specific line endings, give examples of rhymes and more, answers and ideas are given in a pdf sheet.
I explain the importance of making a poem your own. We all go through different emotions during our life - some happy, some sad, some frightening, some serious and many of us find that being able to put on paper feelings that we find difficult to talk about very therapeutic. Creative writing can be a wonderful outlet for our emotions.
There is a closed private Facebook group where people can share their poetry with other students.
I have studied poetry since the age of 10 and in my profession as a voice confidence coach I teach people how to speak poetry out loud almost everyday of my working life.
Poetry is much more powerful when spoken out loud and so the last part of this course covers speaking your poems aloud.
Please look at my promotional video and free sample lectures to see how I can help you improve your poetry.
This course does NOT attempt to analyze English poetry it focuses entirely on you learning to write poetry.
Who this course is for:
- People who want to be able to put their feelings into a poem
- People who want to learn the basics of poetic form
- People who may be recovering from a traumatic situation or illness and want a way to express their feelings
- Anyone who would like to try writing a poem
Serena Greenslade is an experienced speech confidence coach from Dorset, UK and she now lives in central Portugal. Serena qualified in 1994 (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher and since then has taught lecturers at Universities, trainee doctors for the NHS, sports coaches, business people, telephone sales personnel, children, health care workers, stroke victims and staff at national charities. Serena specializes in one to one private lessons for children and adults and workshops for businesses. In June 2014 she gained her Fellowship, F.V.C.M.(Hons).
Serena says 'I know how it feels to be uncertain and frightened about speaking.' She is now qualified to the highest level (Fellowship and Associateship) and is able to help you improve your speaking skills. She lives in jeans, laughs a lot and has a hint of a Dorset accent when not teaching but Serena is passionate about her work and incredibly serious (with a huge smile) when it comes to teaching her clients to sound confident.
When Serena was about ten, her school had a parents evening where the parents go along and chat to the teachers to find out how their children are getting on. During the course of the conversation with her mum, the teacher told her that Serena seemed happy enough but that he couldn't remember speaking to her during the year! Serena was an incredibly shy girl.
As a result of this Serena's mum took her to elocution lessons.
These lessons gave Serena confidence but didn't change the way she sounds, 'I still have a Dorset accent (although when I teach I lose it) and I strongly believe we shouldn't all sound the same'.
Serena was still a very shy girl but knew how to speak when she had to. At her senior school, the different classes used to take it in turns to participate in the morning assemblies. She had a very elderly Maths teacher who claimed that the only time he could hear the assembly was when Serena did a reading. In return for this she was excused Maths tests in his class. Luckily her maths didn't suffer – Serena went on to pass 'A' level Maths.
In 1979 Serena obtained a degree in Law and Economics and went on to become a trainee accountant - for all of 12 weeks. Sitting in an office all day was not for her. Luckily she decided to return to what she enjoyed doing and in 1994 qualified (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher. In 2014 she obtained her Fellowship with Honours from Victoria College (F.V.C.M.)
In addition to publishing her own books, Serena has written an academic paper in Voice and Speech Review April 2015.
Serena has also written articles in many publications including Dance Studio Life July 2015, The Lady Magazine in Sept 2014, ISTD Dance magazine in Jan 2014, PTR Tennis Pro in April 2007, The International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review in Dec 2002 and Dance Expression Magazine in Dec 2001.
Serena has also taught students who have appeared in television series and who have won national awards for their acting.
Serena looks forward to teaching you. As she says, 'Enjoy Speaking'