An intensive weekend workshop reworking your poems with a former Faber editor
Editing and redrafting your own poems can be a tricky business; it’s easy to start thinking of first drafts as complete, inviolable, somehow final, particularly once they’ve been typed up on the computer and beautifully formatted. In this workshop we will be looking at questions of economy, of form, of clutter, and will work towards seeing at your poems with an ‘outside eye’, a sharp pencil, and a ruthless determination to kill, cut and relineate your darlings. Whether you bring new drafts ready for their first edit or old favourites you’re curious to put through their paces, we’ll be reaching for your poems’ best versions of themselves – with any luck they, and you, will come away invigorated.
A two-day workshop running 10:30am – 4:30pm on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March.
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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About Martha Sprackland View Profile
Martha Sprackland is a writer and editor. She was co-founder and poetry editor of Cake magazine and Assistant Poetry Editor for Faber & Faber; she is a founding editor of multilingual arts magazine La Errante and a co-editor of independent publisher Offord Road Books.
Martha is poet-in-residence for Caught by the River; her debut poetry pamphlet, Glass As Broken Glass, was published by Rack Press in January 2017 and longlisted for a Sabotage Award. She is currently working on a full-length collection and has a non-fiction book on sharks is forthcoming with Little Toller Books in 2018. Twice a winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, Martha was also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood–Compton Poetry Fellowships in 2017, and placed in the Poetry London Competition in 2015.
Her work has appeared in Poetry Review, LRB, Five Dials, New Humanist, Magma, Poetry London, and has been anthologised in the Salt Book of Younger Poets, Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam, Best Friends Forever, Vanguard, Birdbook, and the Best British Poetry series, and she has appeared at a number of UK and international festivals.
At last, I’ve found a place to learn to improve my writing through constructive, helpful guidance from experienced poets.