Poetry Surgery with Mary Jean Chan

Poetry Surgery with Mary Jean Chan

In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Mary Jean Chan

This is a rare opportunity for feedback on your work from the acclaimed poet Mary Jean Chan, author of Flèche (Faber & Faber, 2019) and A Hurry of English (Ignition, 2018), Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University, a Ledbury Poetry Critic, co-editor of Oxford Poetry, guest co-editor at The Poetry Review in Spring 2020.

Mary Jean will spend one day resident at the Poetry School, with four one-hour slots available, for in-depth one-to-one discussion on your poetry; so book a slot and prepare a selection of poems-in-progress for advice and guidance.

The following slots are available:


To book your session with Mary Jean, click ‘purchase course’ and then select a slot from the drop-down menu. You may submit up to 6 poems of no more than 150 lines total. Poems should be sent to ad[email protected] no less than 2 weeks before your session.

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.

About Mary Jean Chan View Profile

Mary Jean Chan is a London-based poet from Hong Kong. She is an editor of Oxford Poetry and a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University. She came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition and has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem twice. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2019 and won the 2018 Poetry Society Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her collection’s title poem ‘Flèche’. She was recently announced as a guest co-editor for the Spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review. Flèche (Faber & Faber, 2019) is her first book.

‘I am 87 now but have not found my age in any way a handicap in the classes and I continue to make new friends. My 5th collection was published in April and has already been reprinted. Many of the poems in it were produced in Poetry School classes.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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