This workshop is Part 2 of the Winter Warmers series. It can be attended as a one-off or as a follow-up to Part 1.
Winter Warmers Part 2 offers intensive and immersive writing exercises led by the experienced and talented poet, Katherine Lockton. We will start with a close examination of the techniques used in both contemporary and traditional poetry and then bring our attention to how we can improve our own writing by applying these techniques to the work we create. As a focus, we will study the role of form in poetry writing and discuss the elusive idea of “the perfect fit.” Questions we’ll consider are:
Is there such a thing as a perfect form for each poem?
How do we know when a sonnet is a sonnet?
How do we know how to shape our words?
What do these forms give us when we use them?
We will then explore how we can manipulate form and how these different forms can influence and transform a poem.
The workshop focuses on the creation of new material as well as honing your writing skills and participants will come away with a small body of creative work (2 or 3 first drafts.) There is a limited number of places available to ensure that the tutor has ample time to assist each and everyone taking part. All levels of writers are welcome. In addition, homework assignments, with the chance for personal feedback from Katherine, will be given to each participant.
To fuel the body and soul, Stollen and festive drinks will be served on the day.