Poetry Surgery with Katherine Lockton

January 2021

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Writing London, an Online Poetry Course

with Katherine Lockton

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We’ll explore the senses, using imagery, narrative and voice and look at how we control and contain these effectively. We will look at, study and interrogate famous writers who are brilliant at capturing the city.

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What will you do on the course?

We will read and re read the master poets, John Keats, TS Eliot, Samuel Johnson to William Blake, interrogating and questioning each poem, in order to learn what we can from them, so that we can take away and incorporate the knowledge and skills into our own work.

You finish with at least three new pieces and lots of tiny beginnings. You’ll receive feedback on your work and give feedback to others. This is a course to get you creating and learning how to take your writing to the next level.

Who is it for?

Writers at any stage, writing poetry, who feel that they would like to read and write new things. Those who struggle to go to the classes in London we run, either because of time or travel restrictions or those who feel they would prefer to learn online. This is a course to generate new work, so no experience is necessary.

How it works

We ask that participants commit to providing feedback to at least 1 other participant for each feedback period.

Katherine Lockton will give feedback on two of the three assignments you complete during the course.

Although there is no scientific formula for how long a poem should take in order to help with your planning we would suggest that completing each assignment will take a minimum of 3 hours, and feedback takes around 1 hour for one piece of work.

The course will take place online using Slack and will require you to have access to the internet in the dates above. In order to participate you should be confident with using simple online sharing platforms, or at least willing to explore with guidance from South Bank Poetry. Full instructions will be emailed to participants a week before the course starts. There will be no scheduled times to have live chats, there will however be opportunities to interact with other course participants via feedback and general discussion.

How much does it cost?

The online course is £80 for Southbank Poetry Members and £90 for non members.

Course Timetable

Course tutor Katherine Lockton will upload assignments containing exercises and reading materials once a fortnight on the following dates:

Thursday 9 April
Thursday 23 April
Thursday 7 May

Assignments for each week will be due by the following Thursday, with feedback and discussion for the work written each week to take place between:

Thursday 16 April – Wednesday 22 April
Thursday 30 April – Wednesday 6 May
Thursday 14 May– Wednesday 20 May

  • If you are interested in booking a private copywriting training please fill in your details below and we will get back to you.

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