Shaping a Style (Summer 2018)

Shaping a Style (Summer 2018)

Define your goals as a writer and develop an individual body of work in the third of Tim Dooley's courses.

This is the third of a trio of student-centred courses designed both for experienced writers looking to widen their repertoire and for relative beginners looking for a more structured approach to their writing. You will have the opportunity to define your goals as a writer while continuing to develop an individual body of creative work. You will consider different approaches to poetry and aesthetics through the work of poets with strongly individual signature styles. Poets included will range from twentieth-century masters like Marianne Moore and W S Graham and international figures like Derek Walcott and Bill Manhire to contemporaries such as Kathryn Maris and Luke Kennard. The course contains completely new material and will be suitable for students who gave taken Tim’s courses previously. Through exercises, reading, writing, group feedback and small group planning sessions, you will be encouraged to construct an independent voice and to develop confidence both in shaping your work and in defending it.

10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starting 15 May.

These classes will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU.  The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.

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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Tim Dooley is a tutor for The Poetry School and a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster.  He was a teacher for many years – a head of department in two comprehensive schools and a senior tutor in a tertiary college. He has also taught poetry at Goldsmiths College and been an arts mentor for the Koestler Trust – as well as reviewing for the TLS and writing obituaries for the Times. From 2008 to 2017 he was reviews and features editor of Poetry London. He is co-editor (with Martha Kapos) of The Best of Poetry London (Carcanet, 2014). His first collection of poems, The Interrupted Dream, was published by Anvil in 1985. This was followed by the pamphlets The Secret Ministry (2001) and Tenderness (2004), both winners in the Smith/Doorstop–Poetry Business pamphlet competition. Tenderness was also a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Keeping Time (Salt, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was followed by Imagined Rooms (Salt, 2010). The Sound We Make Ourselves: Poems 1971-2015 was published by Eyewear in 2016.

'Tim Dooley was a great teacher in his laid-back way and everyone in the class adored him.'

Autumn 2015 online survey response, November 2015

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