Mix up your writing and learn new skills and techniques with Jacqueline Saphra
Please note: This course is in a priority booking period for students enrolled on the previous term. Any remaining spaces will be made available to the general public from Monday 26 February.
Looking to develop your writing through experimentation, play and close reading? Every week you’ll read a selection of inspiring poems written on a particular theme: these will act as a springboard for your own work. In-workshop writing exercises will give you a working draft to develop and bring back to the group for discussion. There will be optional formal suggestions offered to motivate you, help you to move away from familiar territory, go on some poetry adventures and surprise yourself. The last two weeks of each term will be ‘Students’ Choice’ where you’ll have a chance to decide what the theme should be. The year will end with a public reading.
10 weekly sessions on Wednesdays 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starts 9 May. This is the third term of a three-term course. Priority booking for terms two and three will be given to term one students.
All classes will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.
More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.
About Jacqueline Saphra View Profile
Jacqueline Saphra is a poetry enthusiast, organiser and collaborator. She began her career as a playwright and screenwriter before rediscovering poetry, her first love. She was founder of The Shuffle, a regular live poetry night, was on the board of Magma Poetry and Poet in Residence for Good Housekeeping and TFL. She spearheaded the first charity Poem-A-Thon in 2015. Her first collection, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye, 2011)) was developed with funding from Arts Council England and nominated for The Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. A book of illustrated prose poems, If I Lay on my Back I saw Nothing but Naked Women, was published by The Emma Press in November 2014. This was developed into a performance piece with music and won Best Collaborative Work at the Saboteur Awards 2015. In 2017 A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was published by Hercules Editions and her latest collection from Nine Arches Press, All My Mad Mothers, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2017.
'The Poetry School is a professional facility run smoothly for its users. The tutor produced a strong range of well prepared text generating tools as well as using the actual gallery. Work of great strength and great potential came together in a supportive group of mixed ability. What the individual makes of this depends on their commitment. Here too, The Poetry School, is keen to follow and guide progress.'