The Poet’s Toolkit (Summer 2022)

The Poet’s Toolkit (Summer 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 *

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

In this practical course we will explore the inner workings poems over three terms through reading, writing, and discussion. Taking inspiration from poets past and present, we’ll investigate the freedoms and challenges of free verse and traditional forms including the sonnet, sestina, ghazal, prose poem, and other innovative 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 look at the new material you’ve produced along the way.

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

10 weekly Zoom sessions on Mondays, 6.45–8.45pm, starts 16 May 2022. This is the third 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 21 February. 

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. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page. 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 and translator whose poems have appeared in UK and US anthologies and publications including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, New England Review & The Hudson Review. A Complete Works alumna, she is an artist in residence with Living Words, an arts and literature charity working with people living with dementia, and other isolated groups. 

Shazea is a trustee on the board of English PEN, and on the committee of the Poetry and Spoken Word Group of the Society of Authors. 

Her publications include: The Glimmer (Bloodaxe Books, forthcoming September 2022), The Taxidermist (Verve Poetry Press, 2020), The Art of Scratching (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), The Courtesans Reply (flipped eye publishing, 2012). 

'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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