Poetry: Shaping a Style

Poetry: Shaping a Style

Define your goals as a writer and develop an individual body of work in the third of Tim Dooley's courses.

This is the third of a trio of student-centred courses designed both for experienced writers looking to widen their repertoire and for relative beginners looking for a more structured approach to their writing. You will have the opportunity to define your goals as a writer while continuing to develop an individual body of creative work.You will consider different approaches to poetry and aesthetics as expressed explicitly in interviews with writers and manifestos, and implicitly in writers’ practice, while continuing to explore ways in which writing can engage with public or private themes and examine the different effects of free and formal verse structures and of working within artificial constraints. Through exercises, reading, writing, group feedback and small group planning sessions, you will be encouraged to construct an independent voice and to develop confidence both in shaping your work and in defending it. ’Shaping a Style’ is suitable for those seeking a one-term stand-alone course and for students of previous courses. This course will contain new material and is suitable for those seeking a one-term stand-alone course, but will also be of interest to students who have attended Tim’s courses in previous years.

10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 6:45pm – 8:45pm, starting 9th May. 

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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Tim Dooley is a tutor for The Poetry School and a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster.  He was a teacher for many years – a head of department in two comprehensive schools and a senior tutor in a tertiary college. He has also taught poetry at Goldsmiths College and been an arts mentor for the Koestler Trust – as well as reviewing for the TLS and writing obituaries for the Times. From 2008 to 2017 he was reviews and features editor of Poetry London. He is co-editor (with Martha Kapos) of The Best of Poetry London (Carcanet, 2014). His first collection of poems, The Interrupted Dream, was published by Anvil in 1985. This was followed by the pamphlets The Secret Ministry (2001) and Tenderness (2004), both winners in the Smith/Doorstop–Poetry Business pamphlet competition. Tenderness was also a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Keeping Time (Salt, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was followed by Imagined Rooms (Salt, 2010). The Sound We Make Ourselves: Poems 1971-2015 was published by Eyewear in 2016.

Tim Dooley was a great teacher in his laid-back way and everyone in the class adored him.

- Autumn 2015 online survey response, November 2015

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