What Now? (Intermediate, Autumn 2021)

What Now? (Intermediate, Autumn 2021)

Bring your writing to the next level and explore contemporary poetry’s cutting-edge.

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

Have you been writing poems for a while but aren’t sure where to go now? 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 be introduced to new writers, expand your practice, or start getting 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 advice on the next steps for your poetry.

10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 6.45-8.45pm, starts 5 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.

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 TS Eliot Prize.

'The course this year has been transformational and I just wanted to say I think it is the best course I've ever been on. So I'm very grateful to Wayne and the Poetry School for this opportunity and for all the work you do.'

– Summer 2021 Feedback

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