This class is for relative beginners. The aim is to help you develop your expressive and technical skills in writing, by looking at and writing poetry and prose. It is also intended to guide you in developing your abilities as a critic of your own and other people’s writing. You will be guided in the production of new work and encouraged to consider both the craft elements and the wider contexts of writing. As in most writing programmes, the emphasis throughout will be on reading as a writer and writing as a reader. Your own writing will be at the heart of the course!