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The Poetic Experience: a Writing Workshop, Short Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 18 days
Through writing poetry and analyzing examples, students become familiar with poetic forms and techniques. The poetic experience: a writing workshop , led by a publishing writer, includes weekly peer critique of poems written for the course. The Poetic Experience: a Writing Workshop course is offered at The American University of Paris.


How can meaningful experience translate to memorable poetry? Learn how to apply elements of craft to memory and shape your imagination more powerfully. Poetry is not a members-only club. This course is designed to demystify poetic composition and help you gain confidence and produce new, original work. It introduces you to a wide range of poems and poetic techniques from all over the world via text, sound, video and special guest writers.

The course will help you see poetry differently, in terms of how you write and how you read. Even if you are a prose writer at heart,The Poetic Experience: a Writing Workshop from The American University of Paris will allow you to explore a form that will bring poise and new freshness to your paragraphing and storytelling as well as write challenging new poetry.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 days
  • Credits
    4 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This course is designed to help you see your writing transformed if you’re an experienced or new poet. Siân Melangell Dafydd wants most to focus on care, playfulness and craft.

Siân Melangell Dafydd is an author, poet and translator. Her first published novel, Y Trydydd Peth (The Third Thing; Gomer, 2009) won her the coveted 2009 National Eisteddfod Literature Medal. She writes in both Welsh and English and often collaborates with artists of other disciplines (dancer Sioned Huws’ Aomori Project; the book Ancestral Houses: the Lost Mansions of Wales/Tai Mawr a Mieri: Plastai Coll Cymru with poet Damian Walford Davies and artist Paul White [Gomer 2012]). She has been the co-editor of the literary review Taliesin and Y Neuadd online literary magazine for six years. Her second Welsh language novel and a collection of hybrid literature, Spitting Distance are forthcoming. She works closely with authors and poets internationally to translate literature between minority languages and is the course coordinator of the MRes in Transnational Writing at Bath Spa University, England.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

AUP has one straight-forward online application for all of the following applicants:

  • College Students
  • Pre-College Grads
  • Adults and Professionals
  • French Language Enthusiasts (Beginner-Advanced)
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3544 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3544 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3544 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3544 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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