Title: Poetry Writing Workshop
Description: This course is about poetry.
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Sign up here
This course takes place on Monday evenings 8th Oct, 12th Nov, 10th Dec, 7th Jan, 11th Feb, 11th Mar)
Over the course of six workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant styles, structures and types of voice used by poets and learn how to implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between and during workshops – and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback – you’ll develop 12 poems to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and improve characterisation, dialogue and narrative voice.
What you need to be familiar with
You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing poetry, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in – and enthusiasm for – contemporary (late 20th century to present-day) poetry. To get the most from the course you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. The course isn’t geared towards any particular style of poetry – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to a variety of genres.
Equipment you’ll need
- Something to write with during sessions – pen and paper will do
- Computer with internet access – to upload your work-in-progress to the online Dropbox or email the group
- If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do so at your own expense
Recommended reading list
We might not necessarily use/read all of these poems during the workshops but they’re a good and diverse selection of contemporary poems for students to read before the sessions begin.
Poetry Writing Workshop reading list
Costs and times
£150 for six evening sessions over a six-month period, held on Monday evenings (10th Sept, 8th Oct, 12th Nov, 10th Dec 2012, 7th Jan, 11th Feb 2013).
Gaia Holmes lives in Halifax. She is a part-time creative writing lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and freelance writer who works with schools, libraries and other community groups throughout the West Yorkshire region. In her spare time Gaia is a DJ for Phoenix FM, Calderdale’s community radio station. She also bangs and rattles a red tambourine at gigs and rehearsals with Sambalifax and squeezes an accordion with ‘Crow Hill Stompers’. Her second poetry collection, Lifting the Piano With One Hand, is due out with Comma Press in Autumn 2012.