Take a masterclass in rigorously rewriting and revising your poems
When has it become a poem? What can you do when it floats on the surface and stalls? What’s the difference between the almost-passable lookalike and the real, the un-fake-able, thing? How can revision become substantive rather than merely superficial? If we enter the poem to be changed, to discover connections or depths we could not have plotted beforehand, what place does that leave for craft and deliberation? How can we ‘plan’ to be surprised? We will look at current work-in-progress by members of the workshop and talk about strategies for composition and revision.
Please note: Entry to this course is by application only. If you would like to join please send a submission of three poems to firstname.lastname@example.org If you book online before applying we cannot guarantee that you will be granted entry to the course.
Saturday 1 June, 10.30am – 4.30pm.
All classes will be in our 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.
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Linda Gregerson is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently of Prodigal: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015). Among her earlier books, Magnetic North (2007) was a finalist for the National Book Award; Waterborne (2002) won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep was a finalist for both the Lenore Marshall Award and The Poets Prize. Gregerson has also received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, the Modern Poetry Association, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Gregerson teaches at the University of Michigan, as Distinguished University Professor of English and Creative Writing, and is also a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
‘As someone living abroad in a non-English-speaking environment, it has helped me connect more with English-language poetry and with people who share a love of it.’