A weekly workshop for poets looking to develop their individual voice and technique, run by the inimitable Tim Dooley.
This is a course suitable for intermediate writers who want to improve their skills and develop new work. Each week, we will read and discuss your poems-in-progress, developing familiarity with each others’ work and offering detailed feedback with the aim of moving your writing forward. There will also be opportunities to discuss the work of published poets and issues in contemporary poetry. Through exercises and group feedback, you will be encouraged to construct an independent voice and to develop confidence both in shaping your work and in defending it.
10 weekly sessions on Wednesdays 2 – 4pm, starts 3 Oct. This is the first term of a three-term course. There will be no class on 31 Oct, and the final session will be on 12 December.
All classes will be in our new 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.
About Tim Dooley View Profile
Tim Dooley is a tutor for The Poetry School and a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster. He was a teacher for many years – a head of department in two comprehensive schools and a senior tutor in a tertiary college. He has also taught poetry at Goldsmiths College and been an arts mentor for the Koestler Trust – as well as reviewing for the TLS and writing obituaries for The Times. From 2008 to 2017 he was reviews and features editor of Poetry London. He is co-editor (with Martha Kapos) of The Best of Poetry London (Carcanet, 2014). His first collection of poems, The Interrupted Dream, was published by Anvil in 1985. This was followed by the pamphlets The Secret Ministry (2001) and Tenderness (2004), both winners in the Smith/Doorstop–Poetry Business pamphlet competition. Tenderness was also a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Keeping Time (Salt, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was followed by Imagined Rooms (Salt, 2010). The Sound We Make Ourselves: Poems 1971-2015 was published by Eyewear in 2016 and followed by Weemoed in 2017.
‘I’ve gained so much more confidence to write regularly and show my poems to friends and have begun to enter competitions for the first time. To have a published poet refer to you as ‘a poet’ and take your work seriously is incredible!’