Poetry: deeper reading for better writing
Reading poems deeply is a sure-fire way to write better poetry. In this workshop we will read a selection of great poems and see what makes them tick. For all skill levels, from published poets to those just starting out.
What’s a sure-fire way to write a better poem?
Read poems. Read widely. Read contemporary. Read the greats, read what you’ve never read before. Read what you love. Why do you love it? Now read what you hate – not for long (this isn’t meant to be torture), just long enough to know why it’s not working.
We will read a selection of great poems, closely, to see what makes them tick. We will explore poetic elements including: metaphor, sound, rhythm, metre, form, domain and lineation and talk about some of the more ineffable features of a poem’s success: inspiration, the muse, the mystery of life and the centre of every great poem.
For all skill levels, from published poets to beginners, and those who would love to write poetry but haven’t quite got there…
There are two prerequisites for this workshop: a belief that there are great poems (as well as mediocre ones). You will need an open mind and willingness to be surprised and engage in the joy of reading poems in a group.
Please note this is not a writing workshop. We won’t be reading poems written by participants but it will fuel your writing.
Date: Tuesday 1 August Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Where: Lone Goat Gallery Cost: $120 General / $100 Members