What Now? (Autumn 2020)

What Now? (Autumn 2020)

Take the next steps in your poetry career and explore contemporary poetry’s cutting-edge

* To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, this course will take place on video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *

Have you been writing poems for a while but aren’t sure what your next steps should be? Would you like advice on different directions to take your drafts-in-progress? This course will present the many different answers to one of the essential questions in poetry: ‘what now?’. Whether you’re looking to expand your practice, explore poetry’s cutting-edge, construct a portfolio of your best work, or get your poems competition-ready, this is the group for you.

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

10 weekly sessions on Mondays, 6.45–8.45pm, starts 28 September. 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.

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. In 2018 his non-linear, unbound sequence I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE WENDING was published by Prototpye Publishing. He won the National Poetry Competition 2018 for ‘the posh mums are boxing in the square’ from his second book-length book of poetry, Love Minus Love (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), also a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice.

'Alongside valuable feedback from the tutor, the standard of the group is brilliant; I have particularly appreciated the insights of other students, and the quality of discussion and engagement... Wayne has been great at encouraging everyone to participate, which I hugely appreciate. I've enjoyed discovering contemporary poets I wasn't previously aware of.

– Autumn 2019 survey response

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