Poetry can often be framed as a solitary process – but connection, support, and collectivity are vital.
It’s useful for poets to consider themselves as part of a community or family. There are multiple ways of doing so: online groups, live sessions, mentoring and buddies. Supporting others is a part of, not apart from, your creative practice and taking time to nurture others can be nourishing in itself.
In what ways can we seek out or generate creative support for our own work and offer it to others? What role do support networks have, whether formal, paid, unpaid or self-organised? Where can we find our different families, national and international? We’ll unpack what creative support you have, what you need and make plans to assert space in future for a collective poetry life.
There are 2 options for attending this session, with it running in-person at Somerset House (10.30am to 1pm on 25 February), or on Zoom (6 to 8.30pm on 28 February). You can choose which option you would prefer at the next stage of the booking process.
This session is part of our CPD series Inspiration to Invoicing: Business Skills for Poets, the full schedule for which you can see below:
Everything But the Writing: Balancing Poetry Life with Jane Commane – 18/21 February
Don’t Duplicate, Diversify: Networks & Activism with Hannah Hodgson – 18 February
Rooting Yourself: Creative & Peer Support, with Caleb Parkin & Nathalie Teitler – 25/28 February
Shop Front: Building A Poet’s Profile with Dzifa Benson – 25 February / 2 March
Forms: Finance, Funding & Not-Getting Rich Quick with Emma Simon – 4/7 March
Being Busy, or Making Progress? Professional Support with Nick Makoha – 4/9 March
To book one or multiple specific sessions, please click the session(s) you would like to attend in the list above and add them to your basket. If you attend multiple sessions in the series, you will receive a bundle discount, with a lower per session cost the more you sign up for. Here are the bundle pricing options:
1 session: £50
2 sessions: £95
3 sessions: £135
4 sessions: £170
5 sessions: £200
6 sessions: £225
Please purchase the sessions you would like to attend, and we will refund you the difference between the full cost you have paid and the bundle pricing within two weeks of your booking. Alternatively, please contact us directly by emailing [email protected] to arrange payment for a bundle pricing option.
Our concessionary discounts are also available on all bundle options. To apply for a concession, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here.
If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]
Image Credit: Eilis Garvey
About Caleb Parkin & Nathalie Teitler View Profile
Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 – 22, has poems in The Guardian, The Rialto, The Poetry Review and was recently a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please. He won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, Winchester Poetry Prize 2017 and other shortlists. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School, Cheltenham Festivals, First Story, Arvon and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP). Debut pamphlet, Wasted Rainbow (tall-lighthouse) and collection This Fruiting Body (Nine Arches Press, October 2021). In 2022, he’ll publish a new pamphlet with Broken Sleep and his collected City Poet work.
Dr Nathalie Teitler HonFRSL has worked developing writers for over 25 years. She is the Director of the Complete Works Poetry, a mentoring initiative to increase diversity in UK poetry. She is also the manager of the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship scheme and also works as a mentor for a wide variety of organizations. Nathalie founded an international community of global majority poets, The Bridge, in 2020. She also helped found the Newcastle Bloodaxe James Berry Prize. She is currently working on her first novel.
'Writing can feel a bit like being lost in the wilderness. Becoming a part of a community of fellow writers is so important in building confidence and discovering ways to sustain and develop a writing practice.'