Already Inside: Masterclass with Sean O’Brien

Already Inside: Masterclass with Sean O’Brien

Write poems with a rich inner life and sound internal logic

David Mamet’s remark about writing drama – ‘arrive late and leave early’ – can be usefully applied to poetry. This day course arises from Sean’s continuing fascination with the three-dimensional dramatic life of poems. As well as reading and writing and discussing poems, you’ll consider pictures – perhaps a society portrait by Meredith Frampton, or cityscapes by the East End painters Henry Silk and Grace Oscroft, along with prose extracts from Elizabeth Bowen and Muriel Spark, in order to explore the ways in which a poem can develop its own interior imaginative climate.

Saturday 23 February, 10.30pm – 4.30pm.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

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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About Sean O'Brien View Profile

Sean O’Brien’s poetry has won multiple awards, including the TS Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize, the EM Forster Award and, for his eighth collection The Beautiful Librarians, the Roehampton Poetry Prize. A ninth collection, Europa, was published this year, as was a second collection of short stories, Quartier Perdu. His second novel, Once Again Assembled Here, and Hammersmith, a chapbook of poetry and photographs, were published in 2016. Born in London, Sean O’Brien grew up in Hull and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

‘The Poetry School has prompted me to write poems that have gone on to be published in magazines and one that has won second prize in a competition. I find the Poetry School to be a friendly and supportive place for new writers, and I have signed up for the MA in September.’

– Spring 2018 survey response

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