What Now? (Summer 2020)

What Now? (Summer 2020)

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

* Students from Term 2 will be given priority booking for this course. General booking for any remaining places will open on 3 March *

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.

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.

10 weekly sessions on Mondays, 6.45–8.45pm, starts 11 May. This is the third of a three-term course.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.

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 co-edited the online journal Poems in Which and 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 2018 and is shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2018 . 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.

'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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