Live Wires: Starting to Write (Autumn 2022)

Live Wires: Starting to Write (Autumn 2022)

Spark your creativity and take your first steps into the world of poetry!

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

Always wanted to write poetry, but not sure where to start? Then this is the course for you! Explore the world of poetry with inspiring readings of contemporary writers and poets from the past, before developing your own work with in-class prompts designed to tap into your creativity, exploring different themes each week. These themes may include: writing from the senses, memories and emotions; metaphor and simile; writing for the voice; creating poems of time and place; poems of praise; and introductions to a few popular poetic genres and forms. 

There will be some gentle sharing and discussion of your writing, led by published poet and experienced tutor, Becky Varley–Winter, to help you find your voice and bring exciting new poems into the world. At the end of each term we will create a literary magazine, featuring any course participants who wish to put their work in print, to give a taste of selecting, honing and editing your poems. 

10 weekly Zoom sessions on Wednesdays, 7–9pm (BST/GMT), starts 12 Oct 2022. 

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]

About Becky Varley-Winter View Profile

Becky Varley-Winter’s debut poetry pamphlet is Heroines: On the Blue Peninsula (V. Press, 2019). Her poetry has been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2019, won the T. R. Henn and Brewer-Hall Prizes and been published in Poetry Review, Vessel, Magma, Rising, Finished Creatures, and Tentacular, amongst others. She has also written a book on modernist poetry and literary fragments, Reading Fragments and Fragmentation in Modernist Literature (Sussex Academic Press, 2018) and a collection of her short stories, BLOOM, is available from Broken Sleep Books. 

'I would not be a published poet without the Poetry School! Their remote model of learning was vital for myself, as a busy working mother, to access the creative input I needed to progress my work.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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