Shop Front: Building A Poet’s Profile with Dzifa Benson

Shop Front: Building A Poet’s Profile with Dzifa Benson

Unpack the complexities of building a successful public profile, or shop front, for your creative endeavours.

Why does a published poet need to build a creative profile on social media? How can you build a presence within the publishing and community space? Shop Front: Building A Poet’s Profile will provide an opportunity for poets to explore various approaches towards publicising and (re)branding their creative work. In a supportive space, we’ll unpack the complexities of building a successful profile within public spaces.

Dzifa will explore the challenges and rewards of profiling on social media. Throughout the session, you will have the opportunity to reflect on current practices and develop your own creative profile or ‘shop front’.

There are 2 options for attending this session, with it running in-person at Somerset House (2.30 to 5pm on 25 February), or on Zoom (6 to 8.30pm on 2 March). 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: Eugenio Mazzone

About Dzifa Benson View Profile

Dzifa Benson is a Ghanaian-British multi-disciplinary artist whose work intersects science, art, language, the body and ritual which she explores through poetry, theatre-making, performance, curation, essays, and criticism. She abridged and adapted the National Youth Theatre REPCompany’s 2021 production of Othello in collaboration with Olivier award-winning director Miranda Cromwell. Dzifa is also a Ledbury Poetry Critic whose byline – covering theatre, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction – appears in the Telegraph, the Financial Times and Times Literary Supplement. She was shortlisted for the inaugural James Berry Poetry Prize in 2021, was poet-in-residence curator for Whitstable Biennale 2022, is a BBC Contains Strong Language 2022 poet. She is also curator in residence at Orleans House Gallery, poet in residence at Pallant House Gallery and is a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow 2021/2022.

'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.'

- Spring 2021 survey response

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