The Poet’s Toolkit (Spring 2019)

The Poet’s Toolkit (Spring 2019)

Explore poetry's inner workings, hone your craft, and look at various techniques to help your poems achieve lift-off

* Students from Term 1 will be given priority booking for this course. General booking for any remaining places will open on 12 November *

‘A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words’
– William Carlos Williams

In this practical course we will consider the poem as a flying machine and explore its inner-workings over three terms. Taking inspiration from poets past and present, we’ll investigate the freedoms and challenges of free verse and traditional forms including the sonnet, terza rima, sestina, prose poem and experimental forms. As you generate new poems and work on existing poems struggling to achieve lift-off, you will be encouraged to hone your critical skills and enquire into your own poetics. Each term will include workshop sessions where we’ll discuss the new material you’ve produced along the way.

10 weekly sessions on Mondays 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starts 14 Jan. This is the second term of a three-term course.

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.

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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 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.

‘For me, the fact that Poetry School is about writing practice and process is incredibly valuable. So much else is focused on the finished product and publication, that a space which is so much about learning, craft, sharing and development is vital & unique.’

– Spring 2018 survey response

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