Form Laboratory

Form Laboratory

Join us as we invent and trial brand new poetic forms, all under the expert formal eye of Jacqueline Saphra.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *  

If you enjoy writing in given poetic forms – anything from sonnets, ghazals, or tanka, through to contemporary challenges like the bop, duplex, or sevenling – but have found yourself wishing for even more, then this is a space for you. 

Over six fortnightly workshops, you’ll be invited to create brand new forms that chime with your passions and our times. Offering participants the chance to personally shape the course content, we’ll conduct a series of writing experiments and collaborate to explore the potential of different poetic shapes; as a group we’ll trial your inventions, working together to celebrate your ingenuity and finesse, exciting new forms for tomorrow! 

This is a course for adventurous and self-motivating poets; those who delight in open and generous interaction with writerly peer groups, and are willing to share their discoveries with each other and – who knows – the world.

6 fortnightly Zoom sessions on Wednesdays, 7–9pm (BST/GMT), starts 28 September 2022.

Please note: Entry to this course is by application only. If you would like to join, please email [email protected] for more information. 

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]. 

Image credit: Sharon Pittaway

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 have been invigorated with a stronger sense of direction, confidence, and purpose with my writing.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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