Workshops and Courses

Here you can find information on upcoming courses and links for payment.

Courses:



August 2021: Body Language – Poems of the Body

August 2021

Start Date: 1st August 2021

Finish Date: 31st August 2021

This four week course explores poetry of the physical body. How do we write about events that have shaped or marked our bodies? What does the body say to us, can we listen? Can we write that language down? How to e celebrate our bodies in a society intent on focusing on perfection? During this course we will be discussing poems that explore the body from the inside out. The course has a strong focus on writing and you will be encouraged, through a series of stimulating prompts, to write poems about  your own body. 

The course is email based with optional zoom workshops. You will receive two writing prompts a week directly to your email, along with example poems, video links and other resources. You’ll also have the option of ‘levelling up’ your package to attend two non-compulsory zoom workshops on 11th and the 18th of August from 7pm – 9pm. All options include access to a closed Facebook group where work can be shared in a supportive environment. 

This course is suitable for all levels of poet, from complete beginner to the more advanced. 

Payment Options:

Email, facebook and zoom workshops

a £40 place on ‘Body Language’

What’s included prompts and notes direct to your inbox Access to the closed Facebook group Two zoom workshops

£40.00

Email and Facebook Only: £20

One Place on ‘Body Language’ starting 1st August

What’s included: Course materials, prompts and links direct to your email Access to the closed facebook group

£20.00

Email, Facebook, zoom and close annotated feedback on 160 lines of poetry produced on the course: £90

One place on ‘Body Language’ including zoom workshops and annotated feedback

What’s included: Course materials, prompts and and links direct to your email Access to the closed Facebook group Two zoom workshops on 11th and 18th August 7-9pm UK time Annotated feedback on up to 160 lines of poetry produced on the course

£90.00


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/