The Poet’s Toolkit (Spring 2022)

The Poet’s Toolkit (Spring 2022)

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’ and 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. 

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 Zoom sessions on Mondays, 6.45–8.45pm, starts 17 January 2022. This is the second of a three-term course and all places are currently reserved for continuing students, who have a 2-week Priority Booking period. Any remaining places will be made available to new students on 22 November.

More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video 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 was born in Pakistan, immigrated to Canada with her family, and lived in Spain before settling in London. Her books include a chapbook published in October 2020, The Taxidermist (Verve Poetry Press), The Art of Scratching (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), and The Courtesans Reply (flipped eye publishing, 2012). Her new collection is forthcoming with Bloodaxe Books in 2022. Her poems have appeared in UK and US anthologies and publications, including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation The Hudson Review. She is a Complete Works fellow, and an Artist in Residence with Living Words, an arts charity working with people living with dementia.  

'Shazea was very inclusive and encouraging, and brought her skill and experience to analyse and discuss poems. I learned a huge amount but I also realised how much more there was to learn - and I think this is a very good thing! Shazea created a culture for making connections, learning about difference and acceptance. I am already missing her class. One of the best tutors I have ever had.'

- Summer 2021 Survey Response

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