Poetry Masterclasses – 9 Nov – FULLY BOOKED

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 2019/2020 and for inclusion in the Poetry in Motion Community Anthology 2019/2020 (more info here).

Thank you for your interest in these Poetry Masterclasses; the Masterclasses are now FULLY BOOKED.

Please look out for payment details to be sent by email; a reserved space is only guaranteed once payment is received.

Venue

Community Arts Partnership, the Arts Resource Centre,
7 Donegall Street Place (entry by the John Hewitt bar),
Donegall Street,
Belfast BT1 2FN (GOOGLE MAP)

Date

Saturday, 9th November 2019

Times

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

WORKSHOP 1: THE LYRIC POEM (with Frank Ormsby)

Looking at the development of a lyric poem, comparing the approaches of a variety of poets and their contrasting use of meter and rhyme; this workshop will focus on giving poets an opportunity to explore their own lyrical work and compare the variety of techniques and construction often at play.

 

WORKSHOP 2: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF NEGATIVE SPACE (with Olive Broderick)

Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image.

Writing with Negative Space. In graphic design and visual arts, artists use negative space to emphasize their subject. The same could be said of words, in particular pieces where you leave enough to the reader’s imagination so they can enjoy the piece of writing. In poetry, or creative writing forms, where placement on the page functions as part of the overall project, negative space can work as per the visual format.

This workshop explores through examples of work and writing exercises the interplay between the seen and the unseen, what you portray and what you don’t say. Poets are also invited to bring one of their poems along.

 

WORKSHOP 3: CUT TO THE TRUTH, FREE YOUR VOICE (with Deirdre Cartmill)

The world needs to hear what’s burning in your heart. Bring along your poems in progress and in this safe and supportive space, we’ll look at how trimming and cutting away all that’s extraneous lets your truth shine out and be heard and felt.
For those poems where the emotional truth isn’t quite on the page yet, I’ll help you uncover that raw voice and find the courage to write it down, giving your poem more depth.

Please bring 4 copies of your poem to share with your peers.

 

WORKSHOP 4: PARTICULARS OF PLACE (with Stephanie Conn)

We’ll consider the power of place in some contemporary poems before turning a magnifying glass on places that are meaningful to us; places that move us, frighten us, comfort us, inspire us, places that make us want to write!

We will explore the processes involved in writing poems on the theme of place, from the drafting stage to editing your poems.

 

WORKSHOP 5: AS GOOD AS IT GETS (with Moyra Donaldson)

This workshop will focus on the skill of editing your own poetry and offer helpful and practical suggestions as to how best to ensure that your poem is ready for publication. What are the questions you can ask yourself? How do you know when a poem is finished?

The second half of the workshop will look at applying these skills to individual poems. Please send one example of your work to shelleyt@capartscentre.com by Friday the 2nd of November, clearly marked ‘Poem for As Good As it Gets’.

 

WORKSHOP 6: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF NEGATIVE SPACE (with Olive Broderick)

Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image.

Writing with Negative Space. In graphic design and visual arts, artists use negative space to emphasize their subject. The same could be said of words, in particular pieces where you leave enough to the reader’s imagination so they can enjoy the piece of writing. In poetry, or creative writing forms, where placement on the page functions as part of the overall project, negative space can work as per the visual format.

This workshop explores through examples of work and writing exercises the interplay between the seen and the unseen, what you portray and what you don’t say. Poets are also invited to bring one of their poems along.

 

WORKSHOP 7: POETRY FRAMED – WRITING PROSE POEMS (with Kelly Creighton)

Not all poems benefit from being broken into verse lines. Find out which concepts work best as prose poems, and how the form differs from flash fiction.

In this workshop we will read and discuss published work, and begin one or two prose poems of our own.

 

WORKSHOP 8: 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?

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