Free Poetry Masterclasses at the ARC 24th November – spaces are limited – applications close 12 Nov

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 2018/2019 and for inclusion in the Poetry in Motion Community Anthology 2018/2019.

The closing date for submitting poems to the Poetry in Motion anthology (including the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing) is Friday 14th December 2018 at 9.00 am.

The masterclass events will take place on Saturday 24th November at: (map)

Community Arts Partnership,
The Arts Resource Centre,
7 Donegall Street Place,
Donegall Street,
Belfast, BT1 2FN

SCHEDULE

  • 10.30am – Registration, tea and coffee
  • 11.00am-1.00pm – Workshops 1-4
  • 1.00pm-2.00pm – Lunch (please bring your own)
  • 2.00pm-4.00pm – Workshops 5-8

These workshops focus on writing and on presenting poetry. Book early to avoid disappointment, as places are free but extremely limited.

You may sign up for a workshop in the morning and for one in the afternoon.

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.

Register for the free Masterclasses here   


MORNING SESSION 11.00AM – 1.00PM: WORKSHOPS 1 TO 4

WORKSHOP 1: Footfalls and Springboards: Line-endings in Poetry (with Emma Must)

How do poets decide where to break their lines? What are some of the dos and don’ts? We’ll look at a selection of contemporary poems and try to arrive at answers to these questions before applying what we’ve learnt to your own writing. Please bring along five copies of one poem that you’d like to work on during the session (not longer than 40 lines).

Emma Must has taught creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, where she is currently completing a part-time PhD. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe, won the Templar Portfolio Award and was published by Templar in 2015. Her work is included in both New Poets from the North of Ireland (Blackstaff, 2016) and The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear). In spring 2018, Emma’s poem ‘Belfast Pastoral’ was performed during the Freedom of the City of Belfast events for Kenneth Branagh, George Mitchell and Bill Clinton.


WORKSHOP 2: The Power of Three (with Olive Broderick)

Tercet, tristich, triplet – poems with three-line formats have their own kind of magic. This two-hour workshop links feeling to form, exploring three-line territory and offering you a chance to experiment. Expect to come away with some familiarity with traditional three-line forms, but, importantly, new writing inspired by the themes and arenas where three-line shapes are inclined to surface.

We will also have an opportunity to review drafts of poems which you are considering submitting to the CAP anthology. Please bring three or four copies of your poem.

Olive Broderick’s first publication, pamphlet, Darkhaired, was a winner of the Templar Poetry Pamphlet Award and shortliested for a Michael Marks Award. A full collection ‘Night Divers’ was published by Templar Poetry in 2017. She has received a Hennessy X.O. Literary Award and acknowledges support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, including an ACES award for ‘Knowing the Dance’ project which explores the middle place between poetry, dance and movement. Based in Downpatrick, Co. Down, she hosts the monthly Words for Castle Ward group.


WORKSHOP 3: Getting to the Essence (with Stephanie Conn)

We will work together to craft your poem into its best self and ensure it can stand on its own.
We’ll pay particular attention to the beginning and ending of your poem. Does it start and end in the best place?

Where does the poem heat up or burn? Is it in the place you think it is?

This is an editing workshop. Please bring three copies of your poem to share with your peers.

Stephanie Conn’s poetry collection’s ‘The Woman on the Other Side’ and ‘Island’ are published by Doire Press. Her pamphlet ‘Copeland’s Daughter’ won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and is published by Smith/Doorstep. Stephanie is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Ulster. She was the winner of the inaugural Seamus Heaney Prize for New Writing.


WORKSHOP 4: Shaping, Spacing and Placing: locating your poem on the page (with Shelley Tracey)

How do poets make decisions about the shape of their poems on the page, and the spaces between stanzas, lines and words|? How do the words on the page communicate with the empty space around them?

We will look at several examples of poems to explore how the layout of a poem can enhance its meaning. There will also be an opportunity to consider the way in which you use space and layout in your own poems. Please bring three copies of one of your own poems to share with workshop participants.

Shelley Tracey is CAP’s Literature and Verbal Arts (LAVA) coordinator. Her poetry collection Elements of Distance was published by Lapwing. Shelley’s writing has appeared in Abridged, Artemis, Alchemy, On the Grass When I Arrive, The Honest Ulsterman, Skylight 47, North West Words, Stories South of the Sun, and The North (forthcoming). Shelley has received grants and awards from the Arts Council NI and Lisburn Castlereagh City Council. She facilitates creative writing classes, writes articles about creativity, and is writer in residence in a Belfast primary school.


AFTERNOON SESSION 2.00PM – 4.00PM: WORKSHOPS 5 TO 8

WORKSHOP 5: The Process of a Poem (with Moyra Donaldson)

This workshop will look at the process of writing a poem. Where do we get inspiration? How do we know when a poem is finished? This workshop will look at generating ideas for poems and taking that impulse, that first tentative idea, through writing and editing, to a final draft.
The workshop will include discussion based on a selection of contemporary poems. Participants should also bring copies of a draft poem that they are considering submitting for the CAP anthology and Seamus Heaney poetry prize.

Moyra Donaldson has published eight collections of poetry. Her most recent publication is Blood Horses, a joint project with Wexford artist, Paddy Lennon. A new collection will be published by Doire Press in May 2019. She is widely published internationally in literary magazines and anthologies and is an experienced editor, mentor and creative writing facilitator.


WORKSHOP 6: A Beginner’s 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 two-hour interactive workshop will cover useful topics such as how to get your manuscript published, finding the right 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 event should leave you with some practical tips on how to increase your confidence and profile as a working writer. Please bring a pen and notebook.

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears and short story collection, Children’s Children, (Liberties Press), a micro-fiction collection, Postcard Stories (Emma Press). Her novel The Fire Starters is forthcoming from Doubleday in April 2019.


WORKSHOP 7: Footfalls and Springboards: Line-endings in Poetry (with Emma Must)

How do poets decide where to break their lines? What are some of the dos and don’ts? We’ll look at a selection of contemporary poems and try to arrive at answers to these questions before applying what we’ve learnt to your own writing. Please bring along five copies of one poem that you’d like to work on during the session (not longer than 40 lines).

Emma Must has taught creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, where she is currently completing a part-time PhD. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe, won the Templar Portfolio Award and was published by Templar in 2015. Her work is included in both New Poets from the North of Ireland (Blackstaff, 2016) and The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear). In spring 2018, Emma’s poem ‘Belfast Pastoral’ was performed during the Freedom of the City of Belfast events for Kenneth Branagh, George Mitchell and Bill Clinton.


WORKSHOP 8: The Power of Three (with Olive Broderick)

Tercet, tristich, triplet – poems with three-line formats have their own kind of magic. This two-hour workshop links feeling to form, exploring three-line territory and offering you a chance to experiment. Expect to come away with some familiarity with traditional three-line forms, but, importantly, new writing inspired by the themes and arenas where three-line shapes are inclined to surface.

We will also have an opportunity to review drafts of poems which you are considering submitting to the CAP anthology. Please bring three or four copies of your poem.

Olive Broderick’s first publication, pamphlet, Darkhaired, was a winner of the Templar Poetry Pamphlet Award and shortliested for a Michael Marks Award. A full collection ‘Night Divers’ was published by Templar Poetry in 2017. She has received a Hennessy X.O. Literary Award and acknowledges support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, including an ACES award for ‘Knowing the Dance’ project which explores the middle place between poetry, dance and movement. Based in Downpatrick, Co. Down, she hosts the monthly Words for Castle Ward group.

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