Advanced Poetry Workshop with Astrid Alben [Summer 2024]

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Astrid Alben [Summer 2024]

An exciting advanced workshop group with the innovative Astrid Alben.

This course is for advanced writers of poetry. Each week we will focus on developing your work-in-progress, including individual poems and poems-in-sequence, through reading, discussion, feedback, re-drafting, and discussion of poetics and direction. Over the term there will be set writing tasks, plus occasional focuses on a particular poet or artist/sculptor/composer to help engender fresh thinking, provoke discussion and expand your poetic practice. 

10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 6.45–8.45pm (GMT), starts 14 May 2024. Sessions for this course will take place at Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. This is the third of a three-term course and all places are currently reserved for continuing students, who have a 2-week Priority Booking period. Any remaining places will be made available to new students on 11 March. Please note: Entry to this course is by application only. If you would like to join, please send a submission of three poems to [email protected]. 

Concessions & Accessibility

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected]; conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions, wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, or require any form of adjustment to access our courses, please email [email protected]For more information visit our In Person Courses page.

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About Astrid Alben View Profile

Astrid Alben has published three collections of poetry, Ai! Ai! Pianissimo (Arc, 2011), Plainspeak (Prototype, 2019), and Little Dead Rabbit (Prototype, 2022), which was also published in Dutch by PoëzieCentrum. Her translation of Anne Vegter’s Island glacier mountain won an English PEN Translates Award in 2022 and her Collected Poems of F. van Dixhoorn is forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books in March 2024. Alben is currently the international editor for Prototype Publishing. 

‘Astrid was a fantastic tutor – she gave both really clear, nitty-gritty and actionable feedback, along with broader and more conceptual guidance. Her level of challenge was perfect and her love of poetry was infectious.’

- Summer 2023 survey response

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