The Poet’s Toolkit (Autumn 2021)

The Poet’s Toolkit (Autumn 2021)

Hone your craft, explore poetry’s inner workings, and look at techniques to help your poems achieve lift-off.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *

For William Carlos Williams, a poem was ‘a small (or large) machine made of words’, while, for Don Paterson, it is ‘a little machine for remembering itself’. Your poem-machine may be a rollercoaster, a small fishing boat, a drone, a kettle… perhaps none of these or, at one time or another, all of them. In this practice-based course, we will explore the inner-workings of poems through reading, writing, and discussion. You will be encouraged to enquire into your own poetics as you hone your critical skill and each term will include workshop sessions with feedback on new poems.

In Term 1 we will investigate craft basics including lineation, sound & rhythm, clarity & complexity, syntax & logic; point of view & voice, and endings and beginnings.

Term 2 will focus on the freedoms and challenges of traditional forms including the sonnet, terza rima, the sestina, syllabics and the ghazal.

In Term 3 we will explore the prose poem and play with experimental and invented forms.

10 weekly sessions on Mondays, 6.45-8.45pm, starts 4 October 2021. This is the first of a three-term course. More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions 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]

About Shazea Quraishi View Profile

Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born Canadian poet, playwright and translator whose poems have appeared in UK and US publications including The Financial Times, The Guardian, Modern Poetry in Translation and Poetry Review. Her collection The Art of Scratching was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015, and she is adapting her chapbook The Courtesans Reply as a play. In 2015, she was the recipient of a Brooklease Grant from the Royal Society of Literature, and an Artists International Development Fund award. She teaches with English PEN, Translators in Schools and The Poetry School, and is an artist in residence with Living Words.

'Excellent. Shazea is clearly skilled not just at poetry in all its forms, but in facilitation, and in particular, creating a warm, safe yet critical group where feedback was clear, fair and helpful.'

- Spring 2021 survey response

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