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Jim is a writer, educator, and support worker based in Nottingham. His published work includes: Upon Arrival, Drop Your Cool (2014), Boy (2015), and ELSEWHERE (forthcoming). He has served as writer-in-residence for various schools and University settings, in which he curated, edited and published anthologies of creative writing by new writers, many of whom had previously never put pen to paper.

In 2019, he worked as a programme manager for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, supporting writers of all ages and backgrounds to read and write for pleasure, running workshops and writing groups for adults and young people to develop their creative confidence.

Jim firmly believes in ‘leaving out no-one’ when it comes to accessing creativity, and that everyone has a story to tell. He cannot wait to hear yours.

Start Date: 9th May, 2024

Duration: 6 Weeks

Fee: £160

2 places remaining

Elevate Your Poetry: Join Our 6-Week Online Course

Discover the world of poetry with our exclusive 6-week Online Poetry Writing Course, a creative journey of profound exploration through the art of poetry! With the expert guidance and support of published poets with a wealth of experience and knowledge, you’ll unlock your inner poet and explore the depth and beauty of this timeless art form. Our course is expertly crafted to help you sharpen your poetic skills and nurture your unique writing style.

Course Structure and Flexibility:

Every week, you’ll receive a new module containing text lessons, which you can engage with at your own pace, providing maximum flexibility tailored to your lifestyle. We recommend dedicating 2-3 hours per week to this course. The absence of set class hours means you can learn on your own terms.

Registration and Course Availability:

Our courses are in high demand, so we advise early registration to secure your spot. While our talented instructors are based in the UK, our classes are open to students from all over the world.

Course Access and Materials:

Even after the course concludes, you’ll maintain lifetime access to the course materials, allowing you to revisit the content whenever you need a refresher.

Starting Your Course:

Your tutor will email you the first module on the course start date. Be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder to avoid missing this essential information. Each week, you’ll receive a written task to enhance your learning and skill development. Upon completion, you’ll submit these assignments for personalised feedback from your dedicated online tutor, who will guide and support you every step of the way, pushing you to refine your craft and elevate your poetry to new heights! Our weekly modules explore the following topics:

Week One – Writing Poems That Matter

We start with setting intentions: for our poems, practice, process. We will examine the ‘why’ that carries us to the page – what dreams and desires do we have for the poems we write? What do we want them, if anything, to ‘do’? What makes them matter, if only to ourselves? How can we embed a sense of creative urgency to write braver and bolder work, over the next six weeks?

Week Two – The ‘Long-Armed’ Poem: Letting Anything Belong

This week we will explore examples of poems that roam, wander freely, welcoming various thoughts, feelings, and observations inside their doors, rather than shutting them out. We will reflect on the potential limitations we set ourselves by what we feel should ‘belong’ in a poem, and work to allow chaos to enter our first drafts, before deciding what we let stay, what we choose to cast off.

Week Three – Poems That (Like Us) Contain Multitudes

This week we will challenge the idea that a poem must sing in one note, and instead turn to Donald Hall’s belief that when it comes to poetry: ‘no conflict, no energy’. We will explore the importance of empathy and nuance when writing our own personal experience / the experiences of others, and examine the impact of poems that hold vast emotional landscapes.

Week Four – Poems That Reimagine, Retell, Make Possible

This week we look to the poets who use poetry to imagine a world different than this one. Who turn to the page to rewrite their own stories, reclaim a history. We will investigate the power of erasure and blackout poetry: forms that enable you to take an experience, feeling, or entire text, and transform it into something fresh, new, yours.

Week Five – On Finding The Form

This week we take a deep-dive into the many ways poetic form can both restrict and set free. Make a poem sing or stifle it. We will explore how learning the rules, only to break them, can create delightful surprises for both writer and reader. You will also have the opportunity to devise your own, personalised form of poetry, based on elements that both excite and challenge you.

Week Six – What We Did, What Will Do Next

In this session, we will look back on what we have achieved, however small or large. You will have the chance to ‘showcase’ a poem that you are proud of, and we will set out clear goals and ideas that will support you to keep going, and growing, as a poet.

Join Us Today:

Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in a world of creativity and self-expression as you learn from experienced poets and connect with a community of like-minded individuals. Join us, and let us help you bring your poetic vision to life!

Start Date

9th May

Duration

6 weeks

Price

£160

Tutor

Jim Hall
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