Poetry Goes to the Movies: The Poem Noir

WRITING X 432.9E

Use classic films noir as inspiration for your own poems highlighting themes, moods, and signature imagery from the genre.

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Classroom
Starting at $575.00
As few as 11 weeks
3.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Watch classic films noir as inspiration for new work
  • Explore film noir’s moody themes and images in new poetic work
  • Complete in-class exercises to jumpstart your creativity
  • Enhance clarity, vividness of language, and overall impact through workshopping drafts
  • Participate in a special end-of-class public event

About this course:

Small wonder many poets feel an affinity for those low-budget black-and-white movies that emerged in the 1940s. Unlike the big studio romances and musicals of the day with their inevitable happy endings, the noir "B movies" seemed to expose the American dream's dark flipside. Through reading examples of "poems noir" and watching the classics Night and the City and L.A. Confidential, you explore ways in which movies can inform and become the source for your poems. In-class exercises as well as your own independent writings use noir's snappy dialogue, themes, mood, and signature imagery as starting places for poetry. The goal is to take your first drafts of poems noir through the workshop process with attention to clarity, vividness of language, and impact on the reader, and to emerge with polished work. Those who successfully complete the course will have an opportunity to present some portion of their writings at a public event celebrating Bunker Hill.

Fall 2018 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Suzanne Lummis
363299
Fee:
$575.00
2 days left. Enroll by Sep 26, 2018
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Notes

No meeting October 31, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after September 28, 2018.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 28, 2018
Course Requirements
Book: Loew's Triboro: Poems by John Allman
Schedule
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Discussion
Wed Sep 26, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Oct 3, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Oct 10, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Oct 17, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Oct 24, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Nov 7, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Nov 14, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Nov 21, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Nov 28, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32
Discussion
Wed Dec 5, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Kaplan Hall A32

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