Workshops and Courses

Courses:

November

Fantastic Ekphrastic

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Definition of Ekphrastic Poetry : An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. Poetry Foundation.

Starting on 1st November and ending on 30th November, this four week course will prompt you to write your own ekphrastic poems based on a series of visual prompts. Over the four weeks we’ll explore what makes a successful ekphrastic poem and how you can challenge your own practice by incorporating responses to other artistic genres.

Included is a closed facebook group where you can post and respond to the work of your peers. Facebook is not mandatory.

There is also the option of ‘levelling up’ to include two one hour zoom workshops. And the option of receiving anotated close feedback of up to four poems.

How Does it Work?

Each Monday and Friday you will receive notes on the week’s theme, plus a prompts designed to encourage you to write your own ekphrastic poems. You’ll also receive example poems and resources daily, all designed to help you to expand your knowledge of ekphrastic poetry. These will be delivered directly to your inbox. There will also be two one hour zoom workshops as part of the course which will include discussion and writing prompts.

There are three packages for this course:

£25 package includes all course materials and access to the closed facebook group

£45 package includes all course materials, access to the closed facebook group and invitation to two 1 hour long zoom workshops

£90 package includes all course materials, access to the closed Facebook group, invitation to two 1 hour zoom workshops and annotated feedback on up to four poems produced on the course.

Zoom Workshops:

Wednesday 10th November 2021 7-8pm UK time

Wednesday 24th November 2021 7-8pm UK time

Aims and Outcomes

By the end of the four weeks you should have a solid understanding of ekphrastic poetry and be comfortable trying your hand at it. This is a writing centred course, and you should come away with notes for poems and even some drafts of poems to work on.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at any level of poet, from beginners to the more advanced, who have an interest in exploring ekphrastic poetry in a safe and supportive arena.

One £25 place on Fantastic Ekphrastic

One place on fantastic Ekphrastic starting o 1st November, including access to the closed facebook group.

£25.00

One £45 Place on Fantastic Ekphrastic including zoom workshops

One place on Fantastic Ekphrastic starting 1st November, including access to the closed facebook group PLUS two zoom workshops. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL IS DIFFERENT TO THE EMAIL YOU WANT YOUR COURSE MATERIALS SENDING TO

£45.00

One £90 Place on Fantastic Ekphrastic

One place on Fantastic Ekphrastic, including access to the closed facebook group, two zoom workshops and annotated close feedback on up to four poems produced through the course. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL IS DIFFERENT TO THE EMAIL YOU WANT YOUR COURSE MATERIALS SENDING TO

£90.00

Introducing a brand new style of workshop:

Feast

This brand new series of two week online workshops kicks off with Feast a two week exploration of the poetry of food. This is a different kind of workshop from previous workshops and aims to be both accessible and helpful, encouraging new poetry drafts and a safe zoom environment to discuss, reflect and feedback on the group’s poems.

This is a writing focused workshop. In my experience of workshop facilitating I have found that having the opportunity to read and feedback on other poet’s work alongside writing fresh material of your own is the best way to develop strong editing skills and build contacts with the writing community. This new style workshop gives the inspiration to write poems through poetry prompts designed to help you find your own voice, and gives the stimulation of working with other poets, all from the comfort of your own home with the brilliantly accessible platform, zoom. You will be working within a time frame, working through the booklet and writing your own poem/s in the first week, and reading through, and reflecting on the group poems in the second week.

You will be asked to write one poem and submit it to the group in order for the group to read everyone’s work before we meet up on zoom to discuss and feedback. As ever, this is a relatively pressure free style of course in which you will be working in a friendly and welcoming environment with me and a small group of like minded poetry lovers. It’s a chance to focus on one or two poems at a time, knuckling down and putting the work in to make your work the best that it can possibly be.

How does is work?

  1. On the 8th November you will receive a Pdf note pack including discussion, example poems, and two poetry prompts.
  2. You then have a week to read the notes and write your own poem, which you will then email to me. Your poem does not need to be ‘finished’ as this is a chance to edit your poems with group feedback.
  3. Soon after you will receive the other group members poems and you will have a week to read and think about their work.
  4. On Tuesday 16th November we’ll have a two hour zoom group meet up to chat, give feedback and reflect.
  5. You will then get the chance submit your redrafted poem to receive annotated feedback from myself, after the zoom class.

One Place on ‘Feast’ – (Group Workshop) a two week exploration of the poetry of food

This is a writing focused workshop. In my experience of workshop facilitating I have found that having the opportunity to read and feedback on other poet’s work alongside writing fresh material of your own is the best way to develop strong editing skills and build contacts with the writing community. This new style workshop gives the inspiration to write poems through poetry prompts designed to help you find your own voice, and gives the stimulation of working with other poets, all from the comfort of your own home with the brilliantly accessible platform, zoom. You will be working within a time frame, working through the booklet and writing your own poem/s in the first week, and reading through, and reflecting on the group poems in the second week.

£30.00

Online Winter Writing Retreat

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An online, five day, poetry writing retreat

6th December 2021 to 10th December 2021 Inclusive

Brand new for 2021 this online poetry writing retreat features workshops, hosted writing challenges, prompted group writing time, evening guest readings and open mics. All from the comfort of your own home. The week is carefully scheduled to provide space away from the computer to write, as well as having plenty of stimulating events to inspire and encourage. Each day includes morning and afternoon activities, with evening events three times (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) over the course of the week. I’m delighted to include guest readings from Gill McEvoy and Jonathan Davidson who will both be running workshops as well, as part of the retreat’s activities.

Price: £125

Guest Readers

Jonathan Davidson

Jonathan Davidson by Lee Allen

Jonathan Davidson is a poet, writer and literature activist. He lives in the English Midlands but works internationally. His poetry has been widely published and he has also written memoir and criticism. His radio dramas and adaptations have been broadcast by BBC Radios 3 and 4. Much of his work is focussed on how writing – especially poetry – is experienced by readers and listeners. His most recent collection is A Commonplace (Smith|Doorstop, 2020) and was included in The Morning Star’s best poetry books of 2020 and has been widely reviewed, including in Under the Radar, TLS and Racine. His previous book, On Poetry (Smith|Doorstop, 2018), a combination of memoir and manual, was included in The Guardian’s Top 10 Books About Creative Writing 2020. His blogposts about poetry and the poetry sector are at www.jonathandavidson.net.

Gill McEvoy

Gill McEvoy

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Gill McEvoy lives in Devon, belongs to Simon Williams’ Company of Poets in Totnes. She has had 3 pamphlets published by Happenstance Press, one of which “The First Telling”won the 2015 Michael Marks Award. She is a Hawthornden Fellow (2012). Two collections from Cinnamon Press. Recent collection “Are You Listening?” from Hedgehog Poetry Press and in 2022 Hedgehog will be publishing a “Selected” collection of her work. She is about to start a regular poetry reading group here in Devon, from September onwards. Other than that she is involved with Bee-wild, a group focused on rewilding parts of the village where she lives. She is also  a member of YEG, the village Environment Group

Wendy Pratt

Wendy Pratt is a poet, author, mentor and workshop facilitator living and working on the glorious North Yorkshire coast. Her latest full collection, When I Think of My Body as a Horse, was one of the winners of the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition 2020. Wendy is also founder and editor of Spelt magazine, a magazine dedicated to celebrating and validating the rural experience through poetry and creative non fiction.

Who is the Retreat Aimed At?

Anyone interested in writing poetry, from beginners to the more advanced will enjoy this week of wintry writing.

What Do I need to Take Part?

  • You need access to a computer, laptop or iPad (you should be able to take part using a mobile phone, but the quality may not be as good).
  • A desire to enjoy a week of writing and stimulation

Payments and Refunds

  • Payment is in full. Refunds will be given up to 30 days before the event, if requested.
  • I am able to offer one fully funded place on the retreat for a writer in financial difficulties. please message me if you are in receipt of benefits and unable to take part in the retreat. wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com
  • I am also able to offer two reduced price places for writers in financial difficulty. Please message me to enquire about this. wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com
  • If Paypal is not possible, please get in touch for bank transfer details. Wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com
  • Please let me know if your PayPal email address differs from the email address you would like links and information sent to.
  • Places are very limited due to this being a zoom retreat.
  • If you’d like more details please get in touch wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com
  • Please let me know if you have any disabilities which may effect your enjoyment of the course, and we will do our best to support you.

One Place on the Online Winter Writing Retreat

6th to 10th December 2021 inclusive.

£125.00

OTHER COURSES

Centre for Life Long Learning

Crafting and Redrafting: Making Poems Work (Accredited Course)

Monday 27 September 2021, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Speaker(s): Wendy Pratt BSc BA MA

Why can poems change the way we think and feel? This module considers vital aspects of form including rhythm, enjambment, layout, punctuation, voice, imagery, alliteration and rhyme. We will explore how these tools are used by published authors in relation to their subject matter, and put techniques into practice through a structured series of writing activities. Students will develop a critical awareness of how poems work, expand their knowledge of contemporary poetry, and enhance their editing, redrafting and feedback skills. By the end of the module students will have produced a portfolio of new poems and a critical commentary. All levels of experience are welcome.

  • Tutor: Wendy Pratt BSc BA MA
  • Term: Autumn
  • Day: Monday
  • Start Date: 27 September 2021
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • No. of weeks: 11
  • Full fee: £130
  • Credits: 10

This course will be delivered via Zoom. Students joining the course will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet with a microphone (essential) and a webcam (desirable) as well as a reliable broadband connection.

Link: https://store.york.ac.uk/short-courses/centre-for-lifelong-learning/short-courses/crafting-and-redrafting-making-poems-work

Unaccredited:

Writing Your Life in Poetry: Poetry as Memoir

Friday 8 October 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Speaker(s): Wendy Pratt BSc BA MA

This course is aimed at poets who wish to build a record of their life in poetry. Join award winning-poet Wendy Pratt for eight weeks in which we’ll be looking at, and writing poems about, childhood, the poetry of family connections, a poetic family tree, poetry of work-life, writing specific events, holiday poems, writing the family pets and poems of home. This is a workshop-style course suitable for any level of poetic experience.

  • Tutor: Wendy Pratt BSc BA MA
  • Term: Autumn
  • Day: Friday
  • Start Date: 08 October 2021
  • Time: 2-4pm
  • No. of weeks: 8
  • Full fee: £76

This course will be delivered via Zoom. Students joining the course will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet with a microphone (essential) and a webcam (desirable) as well as a reliable broadband connection.

Link: https://www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/dates/202122/nonaccreditedcourses/creativewriting/autumn/writingyourlifeinpoetrypoetryasmemoir/

Saturday Workshop:

A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Contemporary Poetry

Saturday 6 November 2021, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Speaker(s): Wendy Pratt BSc BA MA

Do you feel puzzled when it comes to reading poetry? Perhaps you know how to read rhymed and metered poetry, but contemporary free verse poetry seems foreign and strange. In this half-day workshop, aimed at total beginners, we’ll explore how the natural rhythm of language creates structure within free verse and how line breaks and stanza breaks work as tools within a poem. Attendees will be encouraged to try their hand at writing their own poems in a warm and friendly environment.

  • Tutor: Wendy Pratt BSc BA MA
  • Term: Autumn
  • Day: Saturday
  • Start Date: 06 November 2021
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • No. of weeks: 1
  • Full fee: £25

This course will be delivered via Zoom. Students joining the course will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet with a microphone (essential) and a webcam (desirable) as well as a reliable broadband connection.

Link: https://www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/dates/202122/nonaccreditedcourses/creativewriting/autumn/abeginnersguidetoreadingcontemporarypoetry/