Feeling into Words: Writing Poetry
Sunday 28 June 2020, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $200
Conc Member: $120
The much-esteemed Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, wrote that the moment he put his ‘feeling into words’ marked the discovery of his poetic voice. In this one-day poetry course with Vanessa Kirkpatrick, we will explore ways of tapping into and strengthening your authentic voice. We will also reflect on poetic metaphor’s talent for communicating intense emotion and experience.
Through a series of on-the-spot exercises as well as discussion of pertinent published examples, we will look at what lends poetry its particular power. Bring your imagination, a pen and notebook and enjoy a day of feeling your way into words.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Learn about aspects of poetry writing with a focus on metaphor
- Practise several techniques for generating new ideas for their writing through a series of exercises
- Learn effective techniques for editing their own writing
Pen and paper. No devices, please.
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About the tutor
Vanessa Kirkpatrick is an award-winning poet and writer. Her first poetry collection, To Catch the Light, won the John Knight Poetry Manuscript Prize. Her second collection, The Conversation of Trees, was published in 2017. She has a PhD in English literature and is an experienced teacher and creative writing mentor.