Six-week online course: Towards Your First Poetry Collection – With Sascha Akhtar

Tues, 22 March 2022 – 26 April 2022
6pm – 8pm
£150 (£120 Concessions)
Optional 1–1 feedback available to buy
Six Week Course – Tutor-led

Towards Your First Poetry Collection

One of the most essential steps towards having a poetry book published is developing a strong and powerful collection where the individual poems shine through but the collection also works as a whole. 

Focusing on building and presenting your poetry collection in a way that does just this, poet and tutor Sascha Akhtar shares her extensive experience of teaching and publishing her own six collections to guide you towards building your first complete poetry collection.

Divided into six weekly modules with exercises and homework assignments, the course will cover key aspects of building a poetry collection from developing your creative practice to  considering order and flow when sequencing poems in a collection.

Please be prepared to attend every session,  complete the set assignments and participate in the online sessions as required.

Who is this course for?

Intermediate to Advanced
For poets with an existing portfolio of approximately 10+ poems, and ideally experience of some publication or equivalent.

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 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

Sashcha Akhtar

Sascha A. Akhtar is an educator, translator, writing mentor,performer and author. Over a span of 20 years she has published six poetry collections and a collection of short fictions set in Pakistan entitled Of Necessity & Wanting (2020, The 87 Press) and performed internationally. Akhtar is a Poetry School London tutor and currently also teaching poetry at University of Greenwich.

Her work is widely anthologised and has been translated into Armenian, Portuguese, Galician, Russian, Dutch and Polish. Akhtar’s translations of the work of writer Hijab Imtiaz(1908-1999), the first female pilot in the Subcontinent will be published by Oxford University Press, India in 2022.

Bursary places

Limited bursary places are available for those who would struggle to pay the full price for an event, workshop or course with New Writing South. All bursary places for this particular course have been allocated. We will release more bursary places for future courses.