Fresh Approaches to Poetry
This course is designed to introduce you to new and alternative methods of writing poetry, focusing foremost on embracing the process rather than polishing the final product. If you’re looking to experiment with your work and break out of old writing routines, or just to get over the hurdle of putting pen to paper, this will be for you.
We will draw on generative approaches like working from source material and the work of other poets, as well as using pre-made forms and ‘found’ texts. Using constraints, for instance, will hopefully show how placing rules, restrictions or boundaries on your work can actually enhance creativity and focus.
By the end of this course you will have drafted a number of poems and have a toolkit of approaches and prompts to help you overcome the blank page or simply come at your writing from a different, more playful angle.
Who is this course for?
Most suitable for intermediate level but open to all.
Optional add-on 1–1 feedback session
The standalone course is offered at £150 (£120 Concessions). However, if you’d like to receive personalised feedback on your writing during this course, you can purchase an optional 1–1 session with the tutor for £100/£80concessions, bringing the total cost to £250 (or £200 Concessions). The feedback session includes reading of a short submission of your work in advance (up to 2000 words) and a follow up face to face session over Zoom. When you go through to the Bookings page, please be sure to select the correct option if you would like to purchase this optional add-on.
About the tutor
Jen Calleja is a writer, literary translator, editor, and musician based in Hastings. Her books include Vehicle: a verse novel, I’m Afraid That’s All We’ve Got Time For, Goblins, and Serious Justice. In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Short Fiction/University of Essex Prize and longlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize for Experimentation. Her translation of Marion Poschmann’s The Pine Islands was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019. She teaches and mentors for Arvon Foundation, the British Library, The Poetry School, Arts Emergency, and elsewhere. www.jencalleja.com
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