What Next? (Autumn 2021)

What Next? (Autumn 2021)

Challenge yourself, elevate your writing, and take the next steps in your poetry career.

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

So, you’ve been writing poems and developing your practice for a while, but have started wondering what comes next? This course will present the many different options now open to you, giving you a space to experiment, push your writing into new territories, and develop your reading, writing, and critical practices. As part of this Advanced course, you’ll be welcomed into a close-knit community of critical peers, who will help to elevate your work, challenge your thinking, and introduce you to writers at contemporary poetry’s cutting edge. If you’ve started bringing together a portfolio of your work, entering competitions, and taken some steps towards publication then this is the group for you.

Over each term, prize-winning tutor Wayne Holloway-Smith will guide you through some of the most exciting poetry being written today, lead feedback discussions of your own work, and offer individually-tailored advice on the next steps in your poetry career.

10 weekly sessions on Mondays, 6.45-8.45pm, starts 4 October 2021. This is the first of a three-term course.

Please note: Entry to this course is by application only. If you would like to join please send a submission of three poems to [email protected] If you book online before applying we cannot guarantee that you will be granted entry to the 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 Wayne Holloway-Smith View Profile

Wayne Holloway-Smith was born in Wiltshire and lives in London. He received his PhD in English and Creative Writing from Brunel University in 2015. His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. His pocketbook, Beloved, in case you’ve been wondering was published by Donut Press in 2011. He teaches at the University of Hertfordshire. His first book-length collection, Alarum (Bloodaxe Books, 2017) was a Poetry Book Society Wildcard Choice for Winter 2017, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2017 and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2018, and longlisted for the 2019 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize for a distinctive first book of poetry. The final poem in the collection, ‘Short’, won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2016. His book of poetry, I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE WENDING, was published by Test Centre Publications in 2018. He won the National Poetry Competition 2018 for ‘the posh mums are boxing in the square’ from his second collection, Love Minus Love (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), which was also a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice and shortlists for the 2020 T.S. Eliot Prize.

'I have learnt a huge amount on this course. It is very challenging and stretching but is always engaging, inclusive and enjoyable. Wayne is a very clever tutor and immensely inspiring.'

- Spring 2021 survey response

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