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Performance Poetry

Course Description

Our Performance Poetry course will introduce you to the techniques of performing the spoken word that is derived from your own creative writing. The course will look at how the written and spoken word differs, conventions of the spoken word, how to break the rules and how to find your own style. The sessions will be fun, inclusive and cater for those with experience as well as beginners. The course will also offer the opportunity to perform your creative work in front of an audience.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to those with some experience who want to refresh their knowledge and hone their performance skills. Previous experience of performing or creative writing would help get the most from the course but these skills are not required. However, attending this class in conjunction with one of WMC's creative writing courses may be helpful. You will also will need to complete an Individual Learning Plan.

Course Content

During this course, you will study both the written and spoken word, helping you to understand how they differ and how they work together to develop creative material for performance. The course will look at the conventions of performing the spoken word but will also look at how to break the rules so you have greater insight into developing your own style and character. Other areas that are covered include posture and facial expression in order to aid communication and how to find inspiration for your creative writing. Finally, the course will also help you to refine your vocal technique looking at areas such as pace and projection. Please note, although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term, the course is developmental over the whole year.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through, practical activities, group exercises and peer assessment, listening and analysis, demonstration and discussion, use of supporting online materials, individual practice, use of ILT and continuous assessment. There is no homework associated with the sessions, but please do discuss extension activities with your tutor.


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways such as peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher. This is a non-accredited course, but a certificate of completion can be provided by the College on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet learners’ needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an interview with the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572