Live Wires: Starting to Write (Spring 2022)

Live Wires: Starting to Write (Spring 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 Thursdays, 6.45–8.45pm, starts 20 January 2022. This is the second of a three-term course and all places are currently reserved for continuing students, who have a 2-week Priority Booking period. Any remaining places will be made available to new students on 22 November.

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]

Image credit: Sharon McCutcheon

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 short stories, BLOOM, forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books.

‘Rebecca was a brilliant tutor and went the extra mile - I genuinely think this is the best course I have attended and looked forward to the sessions immensely. She always made everyone feel valid.’

– Summer 2021 Survey Response

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