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Open Workshop: ‘Make New & Mend’

What makes a poetic image stay with you?  It’s hard to remember an entire poem by heart, but often, a particular image will stick in the mind for days, months, even years after reading. 

In our latest Open Workshop, Claire Askew will challenge you to create imagery that is unforgettable. You’ll take a common poetic theme or idea and write a poem in which you make that idea new and striking once again.  You’ll learn image-making techniques that you can use in the future to make your poems stand out and be remembered.


Title: ‘Make New & Mend’

OPEN WORKSHOP STARTS – Wednesday 22 April 2015

POEM SUBMISSION DEADLINE – Wednesday 29 April 2015

LIVE CHAT – Wednesday 6 May 2015, 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.


Claire Askew is a Cumbrian/Scottish mongrel poet, whose work has appeared in places like Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe, 2015); Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014) and The Salt Book of New Writing (Salt, 2013).  Her debut collection, This changes things, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in 2016.  Poems from the manuscript have been recognised by the International Salt Prize for Poetry, the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, the Tom Howard Poetry Prize and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.  Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, and blogs at


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. Email [email protected] for more information.

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