Midlands Poetry Workshops 2012

Saturday 11th Feb Music of the Spheres, the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum, Warwick, CV34 4NF.1.30-4.00pm, £16.00 Nine Arches Press, These workshops, based in the tranquil surroundings of the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum in Warwick, are designed for all levels of experience and aim to increase your confidence in your poetry writing skills. Each workshop covers a range of topics and themes to inspire and fire your imagination, and also introduces poetic forms, techniques and methods.

The workshops provide support and encouragement with the redrafting process of the poems you create, with advice from two experienced editors, poets and workshop tutors, Jane Commane and Matt Nunn of Nine Arches Press.
http://www.ninearchespress.com/workshops.html

Feb 19th Sun Mark Gonzales, The Hub, Birmingham.
Masterclass – Wage Beauty: Creative language as defense, affirmation and innovation of humanity
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: The Hubb, 9a Stoney Lane, Balsall Heath, B12 8DL
Price: £25 |

An Evening with Mark Gonzales (Performance)
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Venue: The Hubb, 9a Stoney Lane, Balsall Heath, B12 8DL
Price: £10 |
The Birmingham tour is organised in association with Soul City Arts.

Tickets for the masterclasses and performances are limited by venue capacity.
http://muslimwritersawards.org.uk/news-and-events/news/mark-gonzales-poetry-masterclass-and-performance-series

Feb 19th Sun, Learn, Eat, Perform, Poetry Workshop with Ben Mellor, at Worcester Arts Workshop,11.00am till 3.00pm £7 in: More Information About Ben Mellor.

BBC Radio 4 National Slam Champion 2009, Ben is a writer, performer and educator who has performed his work nationally and internationally at venues and events including Contact Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe, Latitude Festival, the RSC’s New Work Festival and Kathmandu International Theatre Festival.He was Commonword’s poet-in-residence after winning the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award. He presented his first solo theatre show, Voices of Dissent, in 2008 and plans to tour the piece nationally by bicycle. Ben is also a founder member of new spoken word collective, Pen-ultimate, whose debut show, A Night On The Tiles, was a sellout success in Manchester and will tour nationally in 2010/11. Ben is an experienced workshop facilitator and has delivered educational programmes to diverse groups including young offenders and adult mental health survivors. His workshop interests include creative writing (poetry, lyrics, scripts and stories), drama and performance skills, basic beat-boxing and theatre of the oppressed.www.moksha-arts.org

ENTRY FEE AND HOW TO PAY, This workshop costs £6.00 in advance of the event or £7.00 on the door of the event. Please visit http://www.worcslitfest.com to pay in advance using paypal. Eat – share lunch with other like-minded poets and budding poets, while sharing hints and tips. Perform – put into practice what you have learnt by reading your poetry to a group for feedback.

Thurs 23rd Carving Out the Poem, Victoria PH, Birmingham City Centre : 4pm-5.30pm When our life experience suggests that celebration always comes laced with a hint of melancholy, and joy is a border that surrounds sorrow; how can we construct poems that acknowledge a complicated and dynamic world? How do we avoid writing that only does one thing, and performances that transform us into caricatures?

Touring American poets Jon Sands and Ken Arkind will hold a one-off workshop at the Victoria before featuring at Hit the Ode on the same night. Here’s what they had to say: “In this workshop, we will explore tangible ways to reveal a 3-dimensional view of our poems. Bring a notebook, pen, and a sense of adventure as we take our art to the edge of the universe, and bring back proof that we’ve been there.”

There is a suggested donation of £5.

Note that clicking “attending” does not guarantee a place. Contact bohdan@applesandsnakes.org​ to reserve yours.

Saturday 25th February Feast of the Senses, the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum, Warwick, CV34 4NF.1.30-4.00pm, £16.00 Nine Arches Press, These workshops, based in the tranquil surroundings of the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum in Warwick, are designed for all levels of experience and aim to increase your confidence in your poetry writing skills. Each workshop covers a range of topics and themes to inspire and fire your imagination, and also introduces poetic forms, techniques and methods.

The workshops provide support and encouragement with the redrafting process of the poems you create, with advice from two experienced editors, poets and workshop tutors, Jane Commane and Matt Nunn of Nine Arches Press.
http://www.ninearchespress.com/workshops.html

Mar 3rd Sat, Environmental Poetry workshop at the Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton. 11am-1pm with Jane Seabourne & Nick Pearson. Meet in the Gathering Space. Tickets £10/£7. For further info ring Jane on 01902 757863
http://www.offaspress.co.uk/events/

Saturday 3rd March Poetry Day School – Exploring Poetic Form the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum, Warwick, CV34 4NF,10.00am – 4.00pm. £35.00 (includes a sandwich lunch) Nine Arches Press, These workshops, based in the tranquil surroundings of the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum in Warwick, are designed for all levels of experience and aim to increase your confidence in your poetry writing skills. Each workshop covers a range of topics and themes to inspire and fire your imagination, and also introduces poetic forms, techniques and methods.

The workshops provide support and encouragement with the redrafting process of the poems you create, with advice from two experienced editors, poets and workshop tutors, Jane Commane and Matt Nunn of Nine Arches Press.
http://www.ninearchespress.com/workshops.html

Mar 6th Tues “How Creatives can engage with the Public Sector.”LCB Depot,31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE:10am -1pm £10 in, http://www.mainstreampartnership.eventbrite.com

Sunday 11th March, Derbyshire Stanza 12noon-3pm, at The Brunswick Inn (real ale pub, no car park), 1 Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU. It is a couple of minutes walk from Derby railway station. The meeting will include a writing exercise, poetry reading and a critiquing session of poems-in-progress inspired by the month of March (bring 10 copies of poem). All poets welcome. More information from alisonriley777@btinternet.com.

Mar 17th Sat Half Moon Walking and Writing Workshop, Stratford Upon Avon, with David Calcutt:11am-2pm, £10/£8, Join is on next month’s walking a writing workshop with playwright, novelist and poet David Calcutt in the beautiful and historical setting of Strafford upon Avon.
The walk will take place along the banks of the River Avon where it runs through the town, passing the chain ferry, Holy Trinity Church on the opposite bank, the weirs and to Mill Bridge. Writers will make their way back past the church, through the stunning Avonbank Gardens.
The walk will last one hour, with note-taking on sights and sounds of interest, and a writing exercise along the way. Writers will then gather at a local pub or café for refreshments, lunch, a further writing exercise, and writing.
This workshop is Shakespeare themed, and each writer is asked to bring with them a single line from one of Shakespeare’s plays or poems, that has resonance for the writer, and which will feed into the writer’s own work.Walk: Easy
http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/arts-news/post/half-moon-walking-and-writing-workshop-stratford-upon-avon/

Saturday 17th March Poetry & Emotion, the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum, Warwick, CV34 4NF.1.30-4.00pm, £16.00 Nine Arches Press, These workshops, based in the tranquil surroundings of the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum in Warwick, are designed for all levels of experience and aim to increase your confidence in your poetry writing skills. Each workshop covers a range of topics and themes to inspire and fire your imagination, and also introduces poetic forms, techniques and methods.

The workshops provide support and encouragement with the redrafting process of the poems you create, with advice from two experienced editors, poets and workshop tutors, Jane Commane and Matt Nunn of Nine Arches Press.
http://www.ninearchespress.com/workshops.html

Tues 20th MarPerformance, Poetry & Pizazz workshop,Boars Head,39 Worcester Street, DY101EW Kidderminster, 7pm-9.30pm:Brewers’ Troupe,Performance poetry workshop, with, Emma Purshouse & Heather Wastie,Find your voice, develop your stage presence, give your poetry pizazz!

An opportunity to create pieces of poetry that might work on stage and explore ways of delivering your work to best effect. Friendly advice on performance techniques and informal feedback about the way you deliver your work. Bring a short poem of your own which you think would work well presented on stage (as opposed to simply read aloud), a notebook and pen. We will use the pub as inspiration and offer priority open mic at a special,“Mouth and Music” event at the same venue on Tuesday 10th April

Quotes from people who attended our last workshop:
“Inspirational!” “Blown away by your workshop.” “Brilliant … run with warmth, good sense & good humour” “Very helpful feedback. Much appreciated!”

Cost £8 ,To reserve a place tel: 07950 165265 or email info@brewerstroupe.co.uk ,www.brewerstroupe.co.uk, http://www.boars-head-kidderminst​er.co.uk,Supported by Worcestershire County Council

Sunday 25th March , Creative Writing Workshop with Naomi Alderman Gladstone’s Library,Church Lane,Hawarden,Flintshire,CH5 3DF10.30am – 4.30pmWriting Convincing Dialogue Naomi Alderman will guide you through practical exercises and readings, to refine your ability to write convincing dialogue in fiction and to understand the many layers of meaning that occur during even the most simple conversation.
 Cost £25 includes brunch and afternoon tea
http://www.st-deiniols.com/courses/

Tuesdays 27 March to 15 May, “From Idea to Publication” Lighthouse, Fryer St, Wolverhampton, 6pm-8.30pm
Cost: £100. Book your place by calling 01902 716055
There is a phenomenal demand for creative writing tutoring – many people wish to write, but don’t know where to start. Others want to revisit their writing having lost the creative spark. This course gives students all the grounding they need artistically and creatively, as well as encouraging them to think in terms of publication and long-term success.
More info:
FROM IDEA TO PUBLICATION
This eight-week creative writing course gives you all the tools you need to discover your writing talent, explore what makes a great story and all the information you need to get your story out there with an agent and a publisher. With a host of practical exercises and helpful advice, this course is ideal for anyone just getting interested in writing or experienced scribes looking for a refresher course.
Lesson 1: Building Blocks of Writing
How to develop strong plots and character
Lesson 2: Description
Setting up effective mood and atmosphere
Lesson 3: Forms of writing
How to write good short stories, novellas and novels
Lesson 4: Editing your work
How to improve your work through drafting and rewriting
Lesson 5: Getting it ‘out there’
How to find – and sell your work to – magazines and anthologies
Lesson 6: Agents and the first book
How to research and submit your work to a literary agent
Lesson 7: Dealing with publishers
What to expect from your publishing house, and good publicity practice
Lesson 8: Making a living
Making the most of your writing and other avenues of work
http://light-house.co.uk/featured/2012/01/creative-writing-at-light-house/

Saturday 31st March Poetry & Science the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum, Warwick, CV34 4NF.1.30-4.00pm, £16.00 Nine Arches Press, These workshops, based in the tranquil surroundings of the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum in Warwick, are designed for all levels of experience and aim to increase your confidence in your poetry writing skills. Each workshop covers a range of topics and themes to inspire and fire your imagination, and also introduces poetic forms, techniques and methods.
The workshops provide support and encouragement with the redrafting process of the poems you create, with advice from two experienced editors, poets and workshop tutors, Jane Commane and Matt Nunn of Nine Arches Press.
http://www.ninearchespress.com/workshops.html

Saturday 14th April ,Stories in Verse, the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum, Warwick, CV34 4NF.1.30-4.00pm, £16.00

Nine Arches Press, These workshops, based in the tranquil surroundings of the Wattlewood Room at St John’s Museum in Warwick, are designed for all levels of experience and aim to increase your confidence in your poetry writing skills. Each workshop covers a range of topics and themes to inspire and fire your imagination, and also introduces poetic forms, techniques and methods.

The workshops provide support and encouragement with the redrafting process of the poems you create, with advice from two experienced editors, poets and workshop tutors, Jane Commane and Matt Nunn of Nine Arches Press.
http://www.ninearchespress.com/workshops.html

Sunday 27th May Creative Writing Workshop with Stella Duffy Gladstone’s Library,Church Lane,Hawarden,Flintshire,CH5 3DF 10.30am – 4,30pm,Inspiration for the Application – Stella will teach a writing workshop using improvisation and theatre techniques to inspire, kick-start, open and excite your work. A firm believer in doing rather than talking, in work rather than talking about work, she will offer a day’s worth of tools to get you started, keep you going, and help you get your work out there.
 Cost £25 includes brunch and afternoon tea
http://www.st-deiniols.com/courses/

Mon 4th June-9th Arvon Poetry Course, The Hurst, Shropshire.£655 week.The shape a poem takes can greatly affect its impact and meaning. In this course we’ll focus on the structure as well as the language of your poems, examining poetic form in the broadest sense, including free verse and experimental structures. You’ll be encouraged to play with forms old and new, fixed and organic, rhymed and unrhymed, and to invent novel forms of your own.
Tutors:

Jane Yeh’s book Marabou was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her next collection is published in November 2012.

Carol Rumens has published 15 collections of poetry, most recently De Chirico’s Threads. She writes the Poem of the Week column for The Guardian Books Blog and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Guest David Wheatley has published four collections of poetry, most recently A Nest on the Waves.

Surrounded by Housman’s ‘blue remembered hills’, and featuring three 18th century buildings, thirty acres of lush woodland and a spring-fed lake, The Hurst is the perfect place to lose yourself in words.
The centre has 10 single rooms and three shared rooms. There are five computers and three printers. The Hurst has hearing induction loops in all public meeting places. The main work/living space is fully accessible and has a lift, and a mobility scooter is available. The centre can accommodate a personal assistant.

Fri 8th June -Sun 10th Room to Write with Spiel Unlimited Ceridwen, Wales:Fancy time away freeing up your creative juices with like-minded people? Want to pick up a pen, let your imagination wander, cast your words to the winds? Ever thought of treating yourself to a writing weekend?

Ceridwen is all about inspiration. Here you will enjoy fabulous food, cheerful companionship, spectacular scenery, and workshops that entertain, engage and exhilarate – giving you the space to create. Invention. Expression. Freedom.

Whether your interest is in poetry, prose or performance, each course will provide opportunities for you to explore and expand your writing skills. Liven up lines, pep up paragraphs, stanza and deliver. Take part in a variety of exercises, discussions, readings, tutorials, group sessions, games, walks and other adventures to stretch both brain and body!

The courses will be delivered by writers Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury, who return to Ceridwen for a fourth year, following the success of their previous Room to Write, More Room to Write and Gift of the Gab weekends. Sara-Jane and Marcus work together as Spiel Unlimited. She directs the voices off programme for Cheltenham Literature Festival, has toured nationally as a performer in the Bloodaxe production of Staying Alive, and was recently Herefordshire’s first writer-in-residence. Marcus has written Call My Bluff scripts for the BBC, had poems published by Macmillan, and run countless workshops in schools, libraries and prisons.Courses run from 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday.

£195 all inclusive (accommodation, meals, refreshments and tuition).To book or find out more, contact Marcus on 01285 640470 or 07814 830031 or email john.marcus.moore@gmail.com.

Sunday 23rd September, Gladstone’s Library,Church Lane,Hawarden,Flintshire,CH5 3DF Creative Writing Workshop with Nadene Ghouri, 10.30am – 4.30pm,The art of writing memoir. From personal memoir to ghost-writing and biography. What makes a good memoir?
 Cost £25 includes brunch and afternoon tea
http://www.st-deiniols.com/courses/

Friday 28thSept – Sun 30th SeptRoom to Write with Spiel Unlimited Ceridwen, Wales:Fancy time away freeing up your creative juices with like-minded people? Want to pick up a pen, let your imagination wander, cast your words to the winds? Ever thought of treating yourself to a writing weekend?

Ceridwen is all about inspiration. Here you will enjoy fabulous food, cheerful companionship, spectacular scenery, and workshops that entertain, engage and exhilarate – giving you the space to create. Invention. Expression. Freedom.

Whether your interest is in poetry, prose or performance, each course will provide opportunities for you to explore and expand your writing skills. Liven up lines, pep up paragraphs, stanza and deliver. Take part in a variety of exercises, discussions, readings, tutorials, group sessions, games, walks and other adventures to stretch both brain and body!

The courses will be delivered by writers Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury, who return to Ceridwen for a fourth year, following the success of their previous Room to Write, More Room to Write and Gift of the Gab weekends. Sara-Jane and Marcus work together as Spiel Unlimited. She directs the voices off programme for Cheltenham Literature Festival, has toured nationally as a performer in the Bloodaxe production of Staying Alive, and was recently Herefordshire’s first writer-in-residence. Marcus has written Call My Bluff scripts for the BBC, had poems published by Macmillan, and run countless workshops in schools, libraries and prisons.Courses run from 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday.

£195 all inclusive (accommodation, meals, refreshments and tuition).To book or find out more, contact Marcus on 01285 640470 or 07814 830031 or email john.marcus.moore@gmail.com.

There are rail connections to London, Wales, the North, and South West England from Craven Arms station, eight miles away.
http://www.arvonfoundation.org/1/Home

Thursday 8th November Creative Writing Workshop with Ian Parks Gladstone’s Library,Church Lane,Hawarden,Flintshire,CH5 3DF,10.30am – 4.30pm
From Blank Page to Poem: The Writing Process. Arrive with an empty notebook and go home with a poem. This workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to experience the writing process first-hand. From initiating the first few words to polishing the final poem, this workshop will get beginners started and offer those who write already a different way of approaching poetry.
 Cost £25.00 includes brunch and afternoon tea
http://www.st-deiniols.com/courses/


Thursday 15th November Creative Writing Workshop with Ian Parks, Gladstone’s Library,Church Lane,Hawarden,Flintshire,CH5 3DF6-9.30pm Stories in Verse: Writing Narrative Poetry – What is the difference between a short story and a narrative poem? How do we set about telling a story in verse? This workshop examines the nature of narrative poetry and suggests some practical approaches to writing it.
 Cost £10
http://www.st-deiniols.com/courses/

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