Creative Constraint (Spring 2023)

Creative Constraint (Spring 2023)

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 Zoom sessions on Mondays, 6.45–8.45pm (GMT), starts 23 January 2023.  

Please note: places on this course are currently reserved for continuing students. Places will be opened up to new applicants on 28 November 2022.

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. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page. 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 is a poet and playwright. Recent collections are All My Mad Mothers, shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize and Dad, Remember You are Dead (2019), both from Nine Arches Press. A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller (2017) and Veritas: Poems after Artemisia (2020) are both published by Hercules Editions. Her most recent play, The Noises (The Old Red Lion, 2019) was nominated for a Standing Ovation Award. Her latest collection, One Hundred Lockdown Sonnets, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2021. 

'I was one of the new members joining a well established group. Jacqueline Saphra is a skilled tutor who skilfully includes everyone. A really enjoyable and instructive course and a safe space to try out new poetry forms.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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