Advanced workshop groups: sharpen your critical outlook

My longstanding critical workshop group for intermediate and advanced poets is now joined by a second workshop group! Now meeting on alternate Wednesdays OR alternate Thursdays, these groups suit poets who are producing work independently, want to develop and hone their critical skills, and want a peer group for feedback.

The approach is supportive, inclusive, and fun. We’ve got poets writing in a variety of styles and genres, at different stages of their careers – from just beginning to submit work to magazines, to working on second or even third collections. The groups are small, limited to seven members, so everyone gets to share their work every session.

My whole emphasis is on the poem itself, so it isn’t a question of being ‘good enough’ – you just have to be willing to look hard at every detail of your work. It’s about developing critical reading skills and helping each poet to develop his or her own style of writing – not to write like ‘part of a group’. I don’t let the group rewrite people’s poems! I do encourage information-sharing and news, examples of good magazines to try, updates about readings, and other news that helps us all to expand our horizons. Last year’s workshop group produced a pamphlet of their work and held a reading, too – I think you can still get the pamphlet from the London Review Bookshop in Bury Place.

We meet from 7-9pm in the Free Word Centre in Farringdon, over three 14-week terms of seven sessions each. After class, we go and decompress in the pub for half an hour or so.

The fee for either group is £150 a term.

Drop me a line for more info or to sign up.