16 Ways of Writing a Poem

16 Ways of Writing a Poem

An innovative and in-depth masterclass looking at (virtually) every way a poem can come into being.

This hands-on trawl of all the major pathways into poetry is as comprehensive as it is unique. Yes, we really will cover, in detail, virtually every way in which a new poem can come into being. Includes observation, the senses, personal memory, reflection, imagination, narrative, other people’s work – everything from the ‘found poem’ to Larkin’s pickles. Mario’s wide-ranging experience fuels a class geared towards enjoyment, variety and tangible outcomes having enduring value for each individual writer.

There will be a balance between teaching, process and composition, with plenty of time for read-back and feedback on the many new poems you’ll compose along the way. As a bonus, Mario will specifically address the process of editing, exploring the kind of writer-editor you are, and offering insights into how to hone your freshly-made work.

10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starts 9 May.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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Formerly Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, and more recently RLF Fellow at Westminster University, Mario Petrucci’s poetry performances attract international recognition (for example, with the British Council). He has received many awards for his poetry: he is four times winner of the London Writers Competition and recipient of the 2002 Arvon / Daily Telegraph International Poetry Prize.

He now works as an educator and creative writing tutor for all ages, and as a radio / TV broadcaster. Co-founder of writers inc., Mario teaches widely in adult contexts and in schools, lecturing students at the Imperial War Museum and much in demand as a visiting writer specialising in war poetry and the curriculum.

Mario has published numerous poetry books and pamphlets, including: Shrapnel and Sheets, Bosco, Heavy Water, Half Life, Fearnought (poems for Southwell Workhouse), along with translations of Catullus, Sappho and Montale. Lepidoptera is a hybrid book of long poetry and short prose, while his illustrated collection The Stamina of Sheep (the unique result of an innovative public and educational arts project for Havering, the Thames and Essex) captured the Essex Book Award for Best Fiction Publication (2000-2002). Flowers of Sulphur was published in 2007, and i tulips in 2010. Mario is currently working on several collections, including Monte Cassino.

I’d just like to reiterate how fantastic Mario’s class has been. He is a brilliant teacher. I’ve learnt so much from him, and feel my writing has improved considerably as a result.

– Summer 2016 survey response.

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