Poetry Salon

Advanced | Poetry
At the heart of this lively and energetic course – taught by two of Britain’s leading poets – is the writing and sharing of new work. In weekly 2-hour sessions, you’ll be creatively challenged to break free of your comfort zones.
You will be expected to write new poems each week with the expectation that you will broaden your techniques, deepen your knowledge and intensify your poetic ambitions. Through the close reading and discussion of key texts, you’ll also be pushed towards a more rewarding way of reading and engaging with classic modern poetry.

What's more, as well as Richard and Maurice, who'll lead the bulk of your classes, you'll also hear from a wide range of the best working poets in the country, drawn from Faber & Faber's storied list. It's a superb opportunity to work with lots of different poets, to stretch your practice and try new things.

During workshop sessions, you’ll also be pitching your work to the group, and hearing each other’s poems, bringing out the areas you want to concentrate on and the areas which need work.

This is an advanced poetry course. If you're looking to start out, try HOW TO WRITE A POEM (link).
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The course consists of 12 two-hour salon sessions, taking place each Thursday, 7pm–9pm, here at Bloomsbury House. There will also be a schedule of one-to-one sessions. Each student will have two opportunities over the course to workshop up to three pages' worth of poems with a tutor – one session each with Maurice and Richard. This schedule will be determined at the first class.

Session 1 RAPIDITY AND CONCISION

Strategies, and imperatives, for using language on a higher plane than prose, thereby achieving a vigorous lyric style. With Maurice Riordan.

Session 2 GUEST NIGHT

Session 3 ANTI-BIOGRAPHY

Can we write confessional poetry anymore? What even is post-confessional poetry? With Richard Scott.

Session 4 GUEST NIGHT

Session 5 LIQUID ENGINEERING

Using syntax and lineation to give the poem impetus. With Maurice Riordan.

Session 6 DRAFTING

Is a poem ever finished? And how do we know when it's ready? By examining our own first and last drafts together, we will explore our own process and tap into the possibilities hidden within our work. With Richard Scott.

Session 7 GUEST NIGHT

Session 8 CONTEMPORARY EDGE

Stretch your technique using such devices as collage, fragmentation, pastiche. With Maurice Riordan.

Session 9 GUEST NIGHT: CA CONRAD

Session 10 DISRUPTING THE NARRATIVE

How might we warp and confuse the narrative of poetry and to what effect? Is the narrative poem dead? How might be revivify it? With Richard Scott.

Saturday 30th March SATURDAY ONE-TO-ONE TUTORIALS. With Richard and Maurice.

Session 11 RADIANT FORM

Giving a poem claritas, a sense of inevitability and completeness. With Maurice Riordan.

Session 12 WHO WRITES SONNETS ANYMORE?

Exactly what is a sonnet and why is it still relevant? How has the sonnet been manipulated and exploded over time? With Richard Scott.


Please note that the Faber Academy alumni discount does not apply to poetry courses.

2019-01-31
2019-04-18
London
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Poetry
31st January 2019 - 18th April 2019

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£480.00
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Tutor

Maurice Riordan was born in 1953 in Lisgoold, Co. Cork. His first collection, A Word from the Loki (1995) was nominated for the T. S. Eliot ...

Tutor

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry Lon...

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