Creative Constraint (Summer 2022)

Creative Constraint (Summer 2022)

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 Wednesdays, 6.45–8.45pm, starts 11 May 2022. This is the third of a three-term course and all places are currently reserved for continuing students, who have a 2-week Priority Booking period. Any remaining places will be made available to new students on 21 February. 

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 Mothersshortlisted 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.

'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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