Being Busy, or Making Progress? Professional Support with Nick Makoha

Being Busy, or Making Progress? Professional Support with Nick Makoha

Consider what professional support poets need to develop our creative practice and easily complete the ‘work around the work’.

As Roger Robinson said, ‘It was important in my practice for me to realise that there was a big difference between being busy and making progress’.

With this mind: what professional support, such as mentors and business coaches, do poets need to receive to develop our creative practice? How do we manage workload, prioritise, and carve out space for writing? What tools and techniques might we need in this endeavour? How do we communicate well – via email, Zoom, and in-person – and meet deadlines for poetry and other tasks? If these or similar concerns come up in your working life as a poet, join Nick Makoha to explore and share practical approaches to the ‘work around the work’. Come ready to ask questions, reflect on old habits, and be open to developing new ones.

There are 2 options for attending this session, with it running 10.30am to 1pm on 4 March and 6 to 8.30pm on 9 March. Both sessions will take place on Zoom. You can choose which option you would prefer at the next stage of the booking process.

This session is part of our CPD series Inspiration to Invoicing: Business Skills for Poets, the full schedule for which you can see below:

Everything But the Writing: Balancing Poetry Life with Jane Commane – 18/21 February
Don’t Duplicate, Diversify: Networks & Activism with Hannah Hodgson – 18 February
Rooting Yourself: Creative & Peer Support, with Caleb Parkin & Nathalie Teitler – 25/28 February
Shop Front: Building A Poet’s Profile with Dzifa Benson – 25 February / 2 March
Forms: Finance, Funding & Not-Getting Rich Quick with Emma Simon – 4/7 March
Being Busy, or Making Progress? Professional Support with Nick Makoha – 4/9 March

To book one or multiple specific sessions, please click the session(s) you would like to attend in the list above and add them to your basket. If you attend multiple sessions in the series, you will receive a bundle discount, with a lower per session cost the more you sign up for. Here are the bundle pricing options:

1 session: £50
2 sessions: £95
3 sessions: £135
4 sessions: £170
5 sessions: £200
6 sessions: £225

Please purchase the sessions you would like to attend, and we will refund you the difference between the full cost you have paid and the bundle pricing within two weeks of your booking. Alternatively, please contact us directly by emailing [email protected] to arrange payment for a bundle pricing option.

Our concessionary discounts are also available on all bundle options. To apply for a concession, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here.

If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]

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About Nick Makoha View Profile

Nick Makoha is the founder of The Obsidian Foundation. Winner of the 2021 Ivan Juritz prize and the Poetry London Prize. In 2017, Nick’s debut collection, Kingdom of Gravity, was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and was one of the Guardian’s best books of the year. He won the 2015 Brunel International AfricanPoetry Prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. His play The Dark – produced by Fuel Theatre and directed by JMK award-winner Roy Alexander – was on a national tour in 2019. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award and won the 2021 Columbia International Play Reading prize.

'Writing can feel a bit like being lost in the wilderness. Becoming a part of a community of fellow writers is so important in building confidence and discovering ways to sustain and develop a writing practice.'

- Spring 2021 survey response

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