Riddle Writing

Riddles are an ancient form of writing that both conceal and reveal meaning. This course will be an opportunity to look at a variety riddles from different periods in history and to consider what makes a riddle, and why anyone might want to write one. Drawing on these questions, we will then have a go at making our own.

Who is this course for

This course is for students with an interest in literature. Some fluency in reading and writing English is a basic requirement for this course.

What does this course cover

Students will be able to identify the basic elements that make up a riddle.
They will be made familiar with a variety of texts from different periods in literary history, and be able to assess which period a riddle might come from.
They will be able to construct a riddle, and name the core components that make up a riddle.

What will it be like

Learn via presentation, with accompanying hand-outs. discussion work and independent writing work, We will have a feedback session in which we hear student work and discuss them together.
Assessment will occur peer-to-peer in group discussion and also in class feedback sessions as a group. During the presentation there will be question and answer opportunities, as well as discussion elements to assess understanding as we move through the presentation content. The group discussion and individual study time are there to deepen student engagement in the learning process.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:


You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes

What this course could lead to

This course can be followed up with further study in English Literature, History or Creative Writing courses.

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