Go Large: Writing & Sustaining Longer Poems

Go Large: Writing & Sustaining Longer Poems

Show your ambition and go large as we explore approaches to extended poetic endeavours.

Are you looking for ways to expand your poetic practice and would like to explore different ways into writing, and sustaining, longer poems? Then join this one-day workshop, where Katrina Naomi will guide you through the processes and the practicalities of more extended poetic endeavours and help take your writing to new depths. 

We’ll consider various approaches to the longform poem and read from a range of contemporary poets for inspiration, including Greta Stoddart, Caleb Femi, Jay Gao, alongside W.S. Graham. We’ll discuss sequences vs. the single poem, and their place in a collection. We’ll look at how to keep a reader’s/editor’s interest, avoid waffle, and maintain a narrative. Show your ambition, go large. 

1 full-day session, running 10.30am–4.30pm (GMT), on 11 November 2023. This course will take place at Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. 

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to administ[email protected]. Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our In-Person Courses work can be found on the In-Person 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: Thomas Lardeau 

About Katrina Naomi View Profile

Katrina Naomi is a recipient of the Keats-Shelley Prize. Her most recent collection, Wild Persistence, (Seren, 2020), received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors. Same But Different, a poetic collaboration with Helen Mort, (Hazel Press, 2021) won the 2022 Saboteur Award for Best Collaboration. The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren, 2016) was a #FoylesFiveForPoetry and received an Arts Council award. She has published six pamphlets. Her poetry has appeared on Poems on the Underground and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, and in The TLS, The Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation. Katrina has a PhD in Creative Writing (Goldsmiths) and teaches for Arvon and the Poetry School. She lives in Cornwall. www.katrinanaomi.co.uk. 

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