The Poet’s Toolkit (Summer 2020)

The Poet’s Toolkit (Summer 2020)

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

* Students from Term 2 will be given priority booking for this course. General booking for any remaining places will open on 3 March *

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. This third term will focus on the prose poem and experimental/invented forms.

10 weekly sessions on Mondays, 6.45–8.45pm, starts 11 May. This is the third 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.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.

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.

‘I really enjoyed Shazea’s programme, she led the group well, and was pertinent and probing of works throughout the course. She was keen to include the whole group, and created a positive dynamic. I would definitely book another course with Shazea again, and the content she selected was inspiring and helpful in my exploration of poetry.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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