Saturday workshops coming up
These one-off workshops should be useful and fun no matter what stage of your writing life you’re at: the idea is to spark off ideas, read, write, and to go home with the beginnings of a poem (or even more than one poem) in your noteboook.
Saturday, 7 December
Back by popular demand!
What exactly is a sonnet? Is it a 14-line poem? Must it have a ‘volta’? How far can you stretch it and keep it a sonnet? What makes it a sonnet?
If you wish you knew more about the quintessential verse form of English poetry, this workshop is for you, whether you’re new to sonnets or a practiced sonneteer. Join us for a day of reading, discussion and writing, old sonnets and new – and plentiful opportunities to write. You should go home with at least one sonnet stretching your notebook.
Techniques of the TS Eliot Prize shortlist
Saturday, 11 January
Ten books. Ten poets. The most prestigious poetry prize in the UK. This one-day workshop looks at the techniques the poets use in their books, to see what we can learn from them and, like magpies, steal for our own work. This is a really fun, intense workshop.
The day after this workshop is the big reading at the Southbank Centre, at which all the ten poets will read from their shortlisted books on the day before the prize is announced. The reading is amazingly enriched by having been talking about the poets all day the day before!