Joy in the Detail: Editing as a Creative Process

Joy in the Detail: Editing as a Creative Process

Develop your critical confidence and acquire a veritable poet’s toolkit of skills to become your best self-editor with the editor-in-chief at Nine Arches Press.

*In line with current government advice, this course has now moved online and will take place via the video conferencing platform Zoom. All students will be sent an email invitation to the sessions, alongside any instructions and information necessary in advance.*

Enjoy the creative burst of writing poetry, but can’t stand the fiddly, tiresome part of then redrafting and editing your poems? Unsure where to begin when getting your poems ready to take their place in the world? Fall back in love with the process and discover how editing itself is a creative, joyful, and integral part of making poetry. Rediscover not only how to redraft, fix, and refine new poems but also how to reinvent, transform, and re-envision your existing poems, and explore editing as a method for generating new poems.

With an experienced editor, poet, and mentor at the helm, we will chart your poetry’s full territory of possibilities, with particular focus on the finer detail of punctuation, line breaks, form, layout, and how to polish up your poems, ready for publication.

3 monthly sessions on Saturdays, 12–3pm, 15 February, 11 April, & 9 May

All classes will take place at The Pen Museum, Unit 3, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HS.

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

Image credit: Volume of Paper – Brian Talbot

About Jane Commane View Profile

Jane Commane’s debut collection, Assembly Lines, was published by Bloodaxe in 2018, and longlisted for the 2019 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Her poetry has featured in The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt Publishing) and The Guardian. In 2016, she was selected for Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 writer development programme, and awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017. Jane is editor at Nine Arches Press, and co-author (with Jo Bell) of How to Be a Poet.

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