Creative Constraint (Autumn 2020)

Creative Constraint (Autumn 2020)

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

* To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, this course will take place on video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *

Whatever else it maybe, a poem is a verbal artefact which must be as skilfully and solidly constructed as a table or a motorcycle – WH 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 30 September. This is the first of a three-term course.

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 Jacqueline Saphra View Profile

Jacqueline Saphra’s collection All My Mad Mothers from Nine Arches Press was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize. In the same year A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was published by Hercules Editions. Dad, Remember You Are Dead was published by Nine Arches Press in September 2019. Veritas: Poems after Artemisia Gentileschi was published by Hercules Editions in May 2020. 

‘Jacqui is brilliant! She values everyone's contribution and at the same time makes sure that no one dominates the discussion. Her timing is great a natural teacher'

– Summer 2019 survey response.

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