Creative Constraint (Autumn 2021)

Creative Constraint (Autumn 2021)

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

* 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 6 October 2021. This is the first of a three-term course.

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions 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]

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.

'This is a high functioning extremely cohesive group which works extremely well on zoom. Jacqueline Saphra is an experienced and very sensitive tutor. She understands how to use the feelings in the group to modify the ‘lesson plan’ if necessary and deliver a bespoke and unique learning experience at every session.'

- Spring 2021 survey response

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