Poetry in Motion Masterclass 2017

We were delighted to have such an incredible response to our special Poetry in Motion Masterclass afternoon on Saturday December 2nd.

All forty eight places were snapped up within a week and there was a substantial waiting list of writers looking for one of the coveted slots. Our format was a little different this year. Attendees were given the option to sample two different two hour workshops hosted by experienced local writers. A variety of useful topics were covered by the informative and interactive workshops on offer and many attendees seemed delighted to get a few helpful pointers with the deadline for the Seamus Heaney Award for Poetry, looming on Friday 15th December.

Poet Paul Maddern ran a fantastic workshop offering helpful advice on how to write concise, well-edited poetry in his class, Death to Abstracts. Novelist and short story writer, Jan Carson offered practical tips on how to present your writing in her workshop, A Beginner’s Guide to Surviving as a Writer. While poets, Moyra Donaldson and Emma Must, hosted popular workshops on poetry and the natural world and developing the sound of your poems. The ARC was jammed to the rafters with writers who’d travelled from all over Northern Ireland to develop their work and gain valuable insight into the craft of writing.

Novelist and poet, Shauna Healy had travelled all the way from Derry/Londonderry for the masterclass and wrote

the workshop fabulously fell on my Birthday and what a gift it was, well worth the 2-hour trip.

Therese Kieran also thought it was a Saturday afternoon well-spent,

CAP’s Poetry in Motion workshops were different this year. We read, we listened, we wrote, and liberated by the constraints of time, a rich crop was quickly harvested in both Emma Must’s and Moyra Donaldson’s workshops. I left gloriously sated, inspired and greedily wondering what the other two were like.

Everyone seemed to relish the opportunity to learn a little more about writing, to meet other like-minded individuals and get some valuable feedback on their own work.

One attendee wrote,

still baffling how such a good quality, well-structured and brilliantly chaired event was free to attend. Thank you for this and I anticipate the next!

We, here at the Community Arts Partnership are also looking forward to the next fantastic Poetry in Motion event. Watch this space for exciting updates of events in early 2018 and a massive thank you to all who attended our Masterclass and contributed so enthusiastically to a thoroughly wonderful day.

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