What Next? (Summer 2022)

What Next? (Summer 2022)

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 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. 

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] 

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 Wayne Holloway-Smith View Profile

Wayne Holloway-Smith has published two collections of poetry, Alarum (Bloodaxe 2017), a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice, and Love Minus Love (Bloodaxe 2020), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He won the National Poetry Competition in 2018. Additionally, his pocketbook, Beloved, in case you’ve been wondering was published by Donut Press in 2011; I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE WENDING, an experimental unbound book of poems, was published by Prototype in 2018; his latest work, Lobsterswas published by Makina Books in 2021. 

'I loved taking this course and found it challenging but very rewarding, hugely informative and critically spot on. It consolidated my feeling that my poetry writing previous to the course was one-dimensional and offered scope for creating a more layered approach to my work. I found Wayne to be insightful, inclusive, and his wealth of experience and knowledge consistently engaging. I also found the group poetry and discussion to be invaluable.'

- Summer 2021 Survey Response

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