Poetry in Motion Masterclass – 2 Dec


Community Arts Partnership is delighted to invite poets from across Northern Ireland to a special poetry masterclass, designed to help you develop, write and submit a poem to be considered for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018 and for inclusion in the Poetry in Motion Community Anthology 2018.

The masterclass afternoon will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2017, beginning at 1pm and concluding at 5:15pm. Participants will be invited to choose two of four two hour masterclasses focused on writing and presenting poetry. Book early to avoid disappointment as places are free but extremely limited.

Please fill in the form below to book your place. Indicating your workshop preferences in descending order. We will do our best to ensure participants get to attend their first and second choice workshops. Tea and coffee will be provided during the workshop interval.

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Workshop 1: Death to Abstracts (with Paul Maddern)

Too many abstract nouns and qualifiers can make a piece of writing goo-like; too heavy and cloying. Reading such writing can be like swimming through treacle and active engagement with content is lost. Using examples by leading contemporary poets, and discussion of work generated in class, we’ll explore the effectiveness of deploying concrete nouns and the resulting goo-less poetry.

Paul Maddern has a PhD from the School of English, Queen’s University Belfast and was a Tutor at Seamus Heaney Centre and Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing with the School of English at the University of Leeds. He has three publications with Templar Poetry: Kelpdings (2009), The Beachcomber’s Report (2010) and Pilgrimage (2017). His poem, ‘Effacé’, is included on the CCEA GCSE syllabus.

Workshop 2: A Beginners Guide to Surviving as a Writer (with Jan Carson)

Join local novelist and short story writer, Jan Carson for a masterclass in showcasing your writing and increasing your profile as a writer. This three hour interactive workshop will cover useful topics such as how to get your manuscript published, finding the write agent, securing readings and festival bookings, increasing your online presence and knowing when to turn work down. With plenty of opportunity to ask questions and network with other writers, this evening should leave you with some practical tips on how to increase your confidence and profile as a working writer. All attendees are asked to bring paper, pen and a short piece of their writing along to the workshop.

Jan Carson is a writer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her first novel, “Malcolm Orange Disappears” was published by Liberties Press in 2014, followed by a short story collection, “Children’s Children” in 2016. Her flash fiction anthology, “Postcard Stories” was published by the Emma Press in May 2017. Her short story “Settling” was included in the anthology “The Glass Shore; Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland” published by New Island in 2016 which won the BGEIBA Irish Book of the Year in 2016. She has a commissioned short story included in the forthcoming anthology, “The Female Line” (October 2017). She has had short stories aired on BBC Radio 4 and most recently, read by Liam Neeson, on BBC Radio 3.

Workshop 3: Poetry, Metaphor and the Natural World (with Moyra Donaldson)

Poets have always been inspired by nature, and whether we live in the countryside or in a city, the natural world is part of our vision – it might be the weather, a spider in the bath, a mountain range or a sunset over the rooftops. This workshop will look at examples of classic and contemporary nature poems, and participants will then work on developing their own poem in the spirit of this long tradition.

Moyra Donaldson has published seven collections of poetry including Selected Poems (2012), The Goose Tree (2014) from Liberties Press, Dublin and Abridged 0 -36 Dis-Ease, 2015, a collaboration with photographic artist Victoria J Dean. She is widely published internationally in literary magazines and anthologies and is an experienced editor, mentor and creative writing facilitator.

Workshop 4: Sounding Lines (with Emma Must)

This workshop will combine theory and practice to help you develop how your poems sound – lifting them off the page and into the ear of the reader, or listener. Drawing on ideas proposed by the poet Don Paterson, we will analyse some contemporary poems that use sound particularly beautifully then you will be guided step by step to write a new sound-rich poem of your own.

Emma Must has taught creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, where she is currently completing her PhD. She won the Templar Portfolio Award in 2014 and her debut poetry pamphlet, Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe, was published by Templar in 2015. She was named as one of the ‘Rising Generation’ poets by Poetry Ireland Review in 2016 and her work is included in The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear Publishing).

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