Creative Constraint (Spring 2020)

Creative Constraint (Spring 2020)

Mix up your writing and learn new skills and techniques with Jacqueline Saphra

* Students from Term 1 will be given priority booking for this course. General booking for any remaining places will open on 25 November *

Whatever else it maybe, a poem is a verbal artefact which must be as skilfully and solidly constructed as a table or a motorcycle – W. H. Auden

In this three-term course you’ll be offered strategies to free your imagination as well as ways to contain it; you’ll learn to develop your writing through experimentation and close reading. Each week you’ll read a selection of inspiring poems and participate in playful, exploratory, and inventive writing exercises to help you generate new poems and hone your writing skills. Alongside this, using examples and exercises designed to advance your understanding of form, you’ll discover how craft, technique and constraint can enable and enhance your creative impulse, driving your poetry into exciting and unfamiliar territories.

10 weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 6.45-8.45pm, starts 15 January. This is the second of a three-term course.

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.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.

About Jacqueline Saphra View Profile

Jacqueline Saphra is a playwright, screenwriter, poet and keen collaborator. Her first book, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye 2011) was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women was published by (The Emma Press 2017) and won the Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. In 2017 A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller (Hercules Editions 2017) was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award and her latest collection from Nine Arches Press, All My Mad Mothers, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize. She lives in London.

‘Wednesday afternoon classes punctuate the week! The class makes me write and be more disciplined.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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