Teaching the Art of Poetry

Sunday 1 July 2012

For anyone who’d like to fit in some study over the next month, the Poetry School Summer School programme is now available offering five one day poetry workshops in London, three in Manchester 16-22 July. They cover beginner to advanced, ideas and technique, social and creative, and tutors are Helen Ivory and John Glenday from StAnza 2012, plus Antony Dunn, Glyn Maxwell and Gwyneth Lewis. More details below and at www.poetryschool.com
 
London Summer School
 
Five Ways of Saying
Tutor: Antony Dunn
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Monday 16 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs)
Level: beginners
Explore the ways you experience the world through each of your five senses in a series of reading, writing and conversational challenges. Fun, informal and encouraging, the workshop will guide you towards the creation of some new poems, and reintroduce you to some oddly unfamiliar well-loved poems. This workshop is suitable for writers of all ages and levels of experience, and works both as a stand-alone workshop and as the perfect warm-up for the rest of the Summer School.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

One of Your Five a Day
Tutor: John Glenday
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Tuesday 17 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs) 
Level: beginners / intermediate
What are the basic ingredients of a healthy writing diet? This workshop will look in some detail at activities and strategies for improving creative output, the benefits of routine and ‘warm-up’ writing; but will also engage in short exercises designed to stimulate the imagination and develop initial drafts and ideas into more finished work. This workshop is aimed at beginners and intermediate writers, though its strategies are relevant for writers at all stages of their development.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

Earth, Fire, Sky, Water and Air: Five Elements (Only a few places left)
Tutor: Helen Ivory
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Wednesday 18 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs) 
Level: intermediate
Poets have always used the elements of the natural world to explore and express what it is to be human. This workshop will take a look at each of the five elements to see how they might lend their metaphorical qualities to enliven your poems. We will use published poems as starting points, but the focus of the day is to generate new work.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

The Pentameter Now (Waiting List Only)
Tutor: Glyn Maxwell
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Thursday 19 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs) 
Level: intermediate to advanced
‘While the Modernists were breaking the pentameter, Edward Thomas was quietly healing it. Discuss.’ Or rather, don’t discuss, but explore, work, play with the ideas of metre as footstep, vowels as feelings, line as breath, and the pentameter as utterance both mortal and timeless. Glyn will work with examples from poets such as Yeats, Dickinson, Hardy, Frost and MacNeice, and offers you original games, peculiar exercises and random thoughts.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 
Full Fathom Five - dreaming Shakespeare (Only a few places left)
Tutor: Gwyneth Lewis
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Friday 20 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs) 
Level: advanced
Full fathom five thy father lies; / Of his bones are coral made; / Those are pearls that were his eyes. (The Tempest, I ii). This one-day workshop explores how we can use Shakespeare’s Tempest as a starting point for contemporary writing. What can we do with the five-beat of iambic pentameter? How can we use dramatic conflict to inform the structure of a poem? What strange new worlds can we imagine after Shakespeare?
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

Manchester Summer School
 
Five Finger Exercises
Tutor: John Glenday
Venue: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Date: Friday 20 July
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £57, £45 (60+), £34 (concs)
Level: open to all
This course will examine in detail the essential elements for writing effective poetry. Through a progressive sequence of short exercises, it will help students identify simple strategies for taking their writing from that initial draft towards finished work with genuine impact. It will focus on the various stages in the creative process including the stimulus behind a first draft ( often mistakenly called Inspiration); and an analysis of the revision process. Although this course is aimed at beginner/ intermediate level writers, it would also be suitable for serious, dedicated writers at any stage of their development.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

Making Pictures with Words
Tutor: Helen Ivory
Venue: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Date: Saturday 21 July
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £57, £45 (60+), £34 (concs)
Level: open to all
This course looks at imagery and metaphor in poetry and will focus on creating original and startling pictures with words. We will use published poems as starting points, but the focus of the day is to generate new work and to give you the opportunity to surprise yourself with your writing. Beginners and more experienced writers are very welcome.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

The Pentameter Now (Only a few places left)
Tutor: Glyn Maxwell
Venue: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Date: Sunday 22 July
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £57, £45 (60+), £34 (concs)
Level: intermediate to advanced
While the Modernists were breaking the pentameter, Edward Thomas was quietly healing it. Discuss.’ Or rather, don’t discuss, but explore, work, play with the ideas of metre as footstep, vowels as feelings, line as breath, and the pentameter as utterance both mortal and timeless. Glyn will work with examples from poets such as Yeats, Dickinson, Hardy, Frost and MacNeice, and offers you original games, peculiar exercises and random thoughts.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

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