Creative Constraint (Spring 2021)

Creative Constraint (Spring 2021)

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 13 January. Please note there will be no session on March 3rd.

This is the second of a three-term course. Students from term one will be given priority booking for this course. General booking for any remaining places will open on 23 November.

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. 

'I see this course as the main positive of these strange times - I've often been disappointed that the majority of the courses were 'down south' and so inaccessible from the North-East. I was slightly wary of signing up, not sure of the standard required or how it would work online. I couldn't have been more delighted - with Jacqui, the other participants, the poems shared by us all and the inspiring and surprising writing prompts and discussion Jacqui facilitated so expertly and with such warmth. I can't wait for next term!'

– Summer 2020 survey response.

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