Poetry masterclasses

Three exclusive online masterclasses on Zoom in October 2020.

To enroll: Contact me and tell me where you are in the world. I’ll send you information on how to pay.

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Masterclass 1 – Monday 12 Oct 2020

The Art of Poetic Syntax with Dai George

Syntax is the nuts and bolts of sentence-making: how do words group together to form patterns of language that we can understand? Understanding and experimenting with syntax effectively can take your poetic craft to a new level. In this masterclass, we’ll look at poems that demonstrate different approaches to syntax and think about what we can take away to put into our own practice. The class will shore up your understanding of what counts as a grammatical sentence, to help you work more confidently within those rules, but also to depart from them.

Dai George’s first poetry collection, The Claims Office, came out with Seren Books in 2013 and his second will be published next year. He works as reviews editor for the magazine Poetry London, and has recently completed a PhD on modern poetry and syntax at the prestigious University College London.

Limited to 12 people only. 2hrs long with a short break.

double check your timezones

UK 930am // Western Australia 430pm // Australian EST- 730pm

£25 / $50 AUD  (sorry no concession, keeping costs down as much as possible)

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Masterclass 2 – Thursday 22 October 2020

The Art of Poetic Lineation with Mimi Khalvati

Where and why do you break the poetic line? Good lineation can turn a good poem into a brilliant one. It’s an essential craft for all poets.

Learn about the art of poetry lineation with one of the most sought-after teachers in the UK. Mimi has nine stunning books of poetry, has won major awards and is one of the most knowledgeable teachers of poetic craft. She has coached countless major award winners. Mimi’s workshops sell out quickly.

Cost: £30 / $60AUD (sorry no concession, we’re keeping the costs down as much as possible)

Limited to 12 people only. 2hrs long with a short break

FULL – let me know if you want to go on the waiting list (and maybe I can convince her to do this workshop again another time)

double check your timezones

UK 10am // Western Australia 5pm // Australian EST 8pm

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Masterclass 3 – Thursday 29th October

Nature Writing with Cath Drake: Bringing the Outside In

Most of us spend the majority of our live indoors: over 90% of our time on average in Britain & Australia). We’ve lost an immediacy with how nature defines our world and sustains our daily life – at our peril. The warnings of the climate and ecological emergency are stark. Turn your poems inside out and find new ways of immersing in nature, drawing on poets, including indigenous writers who don’t see a separation between nature and self. One could argue this is essential for survival as well as good writing in the current climate.  This workshop includes opportunities to discuss, write and share your writing.

About Cath Drake: Australian Cath Drake’s poetry collection ‘The Shaking City’ (Seren Books, 2020) was highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes for Poetry and described by Philip Gross as ‘a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettling times.’. It follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Published in anthologies and literary journals in Ireland, US and Australia, including Best Australian Poetry 2014, she’s been short-listed for Manchester Poetry Prize, second in the 2017 Resurgence Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo) and highly commended in the 2019 Ginkgo prize. She teaches writing in the UK, Australia and online. She was a specialist environmental writer in Australia for decade, winning journalism and communications awards.  Cath holds a post-graduate qualification in Environmental Science from Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Cost: £25 / $50 AUD // Concession £20 / $45

Limited to 12 people. 2.5hrs long with a short break

double check your timezones

UK 9am // Western Australia 5pm // Australian EST 8pm