Writing Love Poetry


Sunday January 14th 2018


Tutor: Katherine Lockton

The Hinsley Building, Westminster Cathedral, Morpeth Terrace, London, SW1P

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, love becomes a common theme permeating all aspects of life, from heart-shaped candies and flowers, to Valentine’s Day cards and of course, the heart-felt, handwritten love poem. Why not add your writing flair to the world’s collection of emotive love poetry that stirs not only the heart, but the soul? Led by publisher and poetry editor Katherine Lockton, this workshop will focus on some of the best love poems ever written, as well as the most famous.

The class will examine the writing styles and nuances of each author on the subject of love and their expression of sentiments in their poetry. T.S. Eliot once said, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” We will look, then, at what we can steal from the masters and how to transform those elements into something new to create unique, flourishing love poems of our own. From Shakespeare to Walt Whitman to Christina Rossetti, many a poet has made their mark – or at least tried to – on the age-old structure of the love poem. Now it is your turn.

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.