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Open Workshop: ‘Crimes and Misdemeanours’

Think of all the rules you’ve heard in poetry workshops: Show don’t tell. Be more concise. Restrain your use of adverbs and adjectives.

On this Open Workshop with Kathryn Maris, you’ll be ripping up the workshop rulebook with a roguish disregard for good taste and ‘respectable’ writing. With the help of a step-by-step assignment devised by Kathryn, you will write a poem in which you wilfully ignore all the usual workshop advice and wisdom, using material re-worked from Kathryn’s ‘Breaking the Rules’ course to guide you.

Feeling anarchic?


Title: ‘Crimes and Misdemeanours

OPEN WORKSHOP STARTS – Tuesday 9 December 2014

POEM SUBMISSION DEADLINE – Tuesday 16 December 2014

LIVE CHAT – Friday 19 December 2014, 7-9pm GMT

To book your place, please email [email protected]

Note: places are given on a first-come first-served basis, but priority may be given to first-time students.


Kathryn Maris is a poet from New York who has lived in London since 1999, and the author of God Loves You (Seren, 2013) and The Book of Jobs (Four Way Books, 2006). She has won a Pushcart Prize, an Academy of American Poets award, and fellowships from Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Hawthornden Castle. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review,PloughsharesPoetry London, SlatePoetryThe Spectator and The Financial Times, as well as in many anthologies, including Best British Poetry 2012, Dark Matter: Poems of Space and the Oxford Poets Anthology.  She teaches online and face-to-face classes for the Poetry School and our 6th Digital Poet in Residence, in tandem with Jason Schneiderman (DPIR #5).

Open Workshops runs a free writing workshop every month, open to all CAMPUS members, ranging from practical exercises, technical masterclasses, to new and experimental approaches to making poetry.

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