Workshops for 2017

AUTUMN 2017

March

Reading for Writing: 2016 – An Odyssey by Anthology

During March, I will be offering a four-session Reading for Writing class looking at poetry from four anthologies: The Best American Poetry 2016, The Best Australian Poems 2016, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2016, and The Forward Book of Poetry 2017*. A chance to explore the differing ways poets in each of these four nations responded to the world around them last year. Are there Brexit poems? Trumpocalypse poems? Climate-change poems? Or did the poets stick to hearts, flowers, puppies and kittens, and the inevitable Mornings After?  A combination of close reading with writing exercises.

Sunrdays, March 5th to 26th, 2017
(four sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $30

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 28th February 2017.
For a downloadable A4 poster, click here.

 

* The Forward anthologies are numbered for the year ahead, not the year from which the poems are drawn. I have no idea why they number it this way.

Disclsoure statement: if you click on one of the book links and purchase the book from that bookseller, I will recieve a 5% commission on the sale. (Well, once I’ve built up sufficient commissions to cross the $20 mark. Which takes quite a long time, as it happens. It’s unlikely to enable me to retire any time soon.)

 

April

Jump-start the Muse for NaPoWriMo!

During April, I hope to be offering an online Jump-start the Muse class to tie in with NaPoWriMo. A new writing exercise every day for the month of April, and a private online space to share and discuss your poems with fellow NaPoWriMo-ers!

Daily, April 1st to 30th, 2017
(Thirty sessions)
Fee: t.b.c, likely $5 to $10

 

Poetry Editing 101 – Preparing for Publication

Due to popular request, I will be offering a single-session class looking at how you go about getting a poem ready for publication. We’ll look at the basics of editing, and some tricks and tips to make it easier. We’ll also look at how you go about the mechanics of sending your poem out to literary journals – the do’s and don’t’s of submission, what to expect, and how to manage the admin.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
10.30 am – 2.30 pm
(four hours)
The Boardroom,

South Christchurch Library
Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $15

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 8, maximum of 24 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 15th April 2017.
For a downloadable A4 poster, click here.

Winter 2017

June-July

Reading for Writing: One Book, One Poet, One Session

For five weeks in June/July, I will be offering a Reading for Writing class with each session focussing on a single collection from a single (different) poet. This is a chance to take you with me for a wallow in some of my favourite recent poetry collections. The exact selections are still to be finalised, but will definitely include Tony Hoagland’s Application for Release from the Dream.

Saturdays, June 17th, 24th, July 1st, 8th & 15th
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 12.30 pm
The Sydenham Room,
South Christchurch Library Learning Centre
Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $50 (t.b.c.)

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 10th June 2017.

 

Spring 2017

September-October

Reading for Wrting: Five American Women

In September and October, I’m offering a Reading for Writing class focusing on the work of five of my favourite American Women poets – Kim Addonizio, Lucille Clifton, Kimiko Hahn, Linda Pastan, and Paisley Rekdal.

Saturdays, September 30th, October 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
Sydenham Room,
South Christchurch Library Learning Centre
Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $50 (t.b.c.)

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 23rd September 2017.