The creative writing department wants to reach people who are not based in Johannesburg

The Wits School of Literature, Language, and Media (SLLM)  has launched its first online poetry-writing course to assist people who want to expand their knowledge of the subject.

The course was created especially for “people who are not based in Johannesburg, who had an interest in doing it”, according to Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, the creative writing lecturer who will teach the online course. It is pitched at honours level and will consist of two seminars that involve contact – either in person or via a skype class – and a one-day writing retreat.

“Creative writing as a discipline requires intensive reading so the writer is fully aware of the context they are writing into,” De Villiers said. “It is practice-driven. That means the teaching is based on the actual writing and editing of your own work.

“Students will also be exposed to poetic forms like mthakazele, Haibun, sonnet and villanelle, and be expected to make their creative contribution,” she added.

“The course has already created a lot of interest. When I posted the course online it was ‘re-shared’ 157 times. We have already received around 20 portfolios,” De Villiers said.

Head of the creative writing department, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen told Wits Vuvuzela that running it online “will make the course more accessible to people who are not doing a full honours degree”.

The course will run during the second semester, starting on July 15 and concluding on October 26.

FEATURED IMAGE Creative writing lecturer, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers   Photo: Provided.