Gregory Manuscript Punch-Up

Gregory Manuscript Punch-Up

Knock your manuscript into shape ready for the Eric Gregory Awards

Bring your Eric Gregory Award manuscript to this energetic two-part workshop with Martha Sprackland – editor at Offord Road Books and Poetry London, and previous winner of the Award – and get it into shape, ahead of the prize deadline in October. In part 1 you’ll consider what makes it a coherent collection – how do you turn it from a rattle-bag into a calling-card, from a stack of paper into a coherent whole that presents your work in its best light? Using workshop prompts and friendly group feedback we’ll address questions of structure, tone, and theme, and you’ll then be sent out into the autumn to put these skills into practice. Come back for Part 2, where we’ll do the fine-tuning and precision-work, zooming in to polish and perfect your poems into a prize-winning pamphlet, ready for submission on 31 October. (Please note: the Eric Gregory Trust Fund and the Society of Authors are not involved in this workshop in any way.)

This is a two-part workshop, with one day on 29 September and one on 20 October. 10.30am – 4.30pm.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey). Please contact for further information.
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About Martha Sprackland View Profile

Martha Sprackland is an editor at Offord Road Books, Poetry London, and La Errante. She has translated poetry from Arabic and Spanish, and her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely; she has also published two pamphlets: Glass As Broken Glass (Rack, 2017) and Milk Tooth (Rough Trade, 2018). A full collection is forthcoming in 2020, as is a non-fiction book about sharks and obsession.

‘I’m a published poet. The Poetry School opens up new territories for my writing, challenges me when I feel stale and puts me in touch with the creativity of others. It gives me a wider community to draw on.’

– Autumn 2018 survey response

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