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The Bloomsday Project: Ulysses Writing Course

Private Group with 12 members

Chris McCabe’s three-term course takes students on a literary odyssey using James Joyce’s epic text as inspiration. Ulysses is a one-man compendium of forms, inspirational for its radical rethinking of what literature can be. From found poetry to sound; from the recycling of previous genres to the inspiration of food and the city, students will not only create new poetry responding to sections of Ulysses but will also discuss ideas around Joyce’s thinking as a writer. The course will build towards an event performed by students on 16 June 2014, the 110th anniversary of Bloomsday.

In this Spring term, you’ll use Ulysses as a prompt to create new pieces of writing.

Find out more here: http://poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/the-bloomsday-project–ulysses-writing—performing-course.php#sthash.4jP7BV0A.dpuf

The Plot Inside the Poem

Private Group with 4 members

Beginning with the premise that inside every poem there’s a nugget of story, or at least that our minds are complicit in seeing one, you’ll examine the often hidden role of narrative in poetry, and practise some of the techniques that poets use to disguise, subvert and mutate the story whilst retaining enough of it to entice the reader to read between the lines, read on, and read again.

Pamphlet Potential

Private Group with 1 member

Are you entering a pamphlet competition or gathering your work to send to pamphlet publishers? If you would like some help working through principles to help you increase your chances of success come along to Daljit’s course. In the sessions, Daljit will help you realise the potential of your poetry by getting you closer to the essence of your work so it shapes the reader’s response whilst ensuring its best qualities are evident.

New Homers – a Reading & Writing Course

Private Group with 2 members

Christopher Logue, Alice Oswald, Michael Longley and Derek Mahon have all written brilliant adaptations of Homer, from the cinematic drama and violence of Logue’s War Music to the majestic sweep and poignancy of Oswald’s Memorial and the compact lyrics of Longley and Mahon. We will examine and discuss their very different approaches and draw inspiration for our own new poems from them. No previous knowledge of Homer required.

Every Page a Stage

Private Group with 1 member

A series of five writing workshops over two weeks, experimenting with ways to dramatise the imaginative worlds of your poems using composition tricks held in common with drama and scriptwriting. Looking at the power of scene and setting, the dynamics of characterised voice and spot-dialogue, as well as suspense and tension, each workshop will consist of exercises to produce draft new poems for revision and development in your own time.

Pull Out All The Stops poets

Private Group with 12 members

A group for the poets involved with the South Bank Centre’s Pull Out All The Stops project …

Advanced Poetry Workshop (Pascale Petit)

Private Group with 9 members

This is a Campus group associated with Pascale Petit’s Advanced Poetry Workshop, a place for course members to share work, resources and conversation.

Course description: For poets writing at an advanced level, an in-depth feedback workshop of your poems in progress and discussion of the direction and development of your work. There won’t be writing exercises, but each session will be kicked off with reading published poetry to spark off new ideas, and to keep your poetic discipline focused over the year.

Versification

Private Group with 8 members

This is a Campus group associated with Mimi Khalvati’s Versification course, a place for course members to share work, resources and conversation.

Course description:If you have been practising poetry with confidence for some time, this course will help you address some of the more formal challenges of both metrical and free verse in depth and in detail. You will explore the relationship of form and content; metre, rhyme and syntax; stanzaic and fixed forms; lineation and stylistic choices in free verse.

Tammy’s Seminar 5

Private Group with 8 members

A private group for members of Tamar Yoseloff’s seminar 5 to share re-drafts of poems presented in class.

‘It don’t mean a thing if ain’t got that swing’: Composing Poetry

Private Group with 1 member

‘It don’t mean a thing if ain’t got that swing’: is this true for poetry? This course, aimed at beginners and those who’d like to re-tune their writing, aims to explore the music of poetry. You’ll read (and listen to) a wide range of poems, from past masters of the lyric to 21st Century voices, from Wordsworth to Warner, in order to help you think about the composition and sound of your own writing. Each session will give you the chance to share your poems with a critical yet constructive audience, improving your confidence as a writer and reader.

Advanced Poetry Workshop (Mimi Khalvati)

Private Group with 8 members

This is a Campus group associated with Mimi Khalvati’s Advanced Poetry Workshop, a place for course members to share work, resources and conversation.

Course description: In-depth focus on your poems in progress and the overall direction and development of your work. There won’t be writing exercises, but the sessions will be enlivened by reading published poetry as a stimulus for your writing and discussion.

Tutor Academy

Private Group with 5 members

This is a Campus group associated with the Tutor Academy course, a place for course members to share work, resources and conversation.

Course description:We don’t only teach poetry writing skills at the Poetry School. We help working poets extend their range too – hence this course where experienced poets, new to teaching, try their wings in front of a class of helpful students. James Brookes will be looking at vanity, Luke Heeley at iconography, Wayne Holloway Smith will be ‘making it wonky’, Holly Hopkins will sort out your list poems and Sarah Howe will be working with dream poems. (More details on http://www.poetryschool.com.) Lots of great prompts for and feedback on your writing at half the price of our usual courses.

Taking Your Writing Further

Private Group with 1 member

This is a Campus group associated with Myra Schneider’s Taking Your Writing Further course, a place for course members to share work, resources and conversation.

Course description: A group which focuses on detailed feedback and discussion of your poems in each session, also key topics. This year topics will include the music of poetry, taking risks, subtexts and some key twentieth century poets.

Here & There & Now

Private Group with 5 members

This is a Campus group associated with Roddy Lumsden’s Here and There and Now course, a place for course members to share work, resources and conversation.

Course description: To be a contemporary poet, you should read contemporary poetry, but it’s easy to fall behind when so much is happening and so many new poets are publishing. This course is aimed at well-read advanced students who want to discuss and learn about recent developments in UK and US poetry. This term will look at a new generation of younger UK/US poets who are revitalising poetry. Class members will be encouraged to write and show poetry which responds creatively to the poems discussed.

Poetry & Prose

Private Group with 2 members

This is a Campus group associated with Myra Schneider’s Poetry & Prose course, a place for course members to share work, resources and conversation.

Course description: A monthly meeting for those who have had some experience in writing poetry or serious fiction, involving exercises and in-depth feedback to develop critical skills. Myra’s particular interests lie in personal writing, an area in which she’s widely published, also narrative.

Finding a Style

Private Group with 3 members

This is the first of a trio of student-centred courses designed both for relative beginners looking for a more structured approach to their writing and for experienced writers looking to widen their repertoire or make a fresh start. You will have the opportunity to develop one or more approaches to writing and start to build up a body of creative work with a definite individual identity. You will examine the basics of free and formal verse structures, but also consider different ways into writing and different ways in which writing can engage with public or private themes. Through exercises, reading, writing, group feedback and small group planning sessions, you will be encouraged to construct an independent voice, to create shapes on the page and develop your writing with confidence.

The Poetry Library Lock-In

Private Group with 2 members

This is a Campus group associated with the Poetry Library Lock-in course, a place for course members to share work, resources and conversation.

Course description: A new course for poetry writers and readers, to celebrate the Poetry Library’s 60th anniversary. Poets and regular Library users Claire Crowther, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Fiona Moore, Daljit Nagra and James Wilkes, in discussion with resident Librarians and course students, will talk about their discoveries in the Library and the new work it has led to. After-hours access to the Library’s collection of books, audio, video and ephemera will inspire new poems and deepen understanding of current trends in contemporary poetry. This course is suitable for people looking for independent inspiration for new work and also those wanting informal but in-depth poetry discussion.