Editing Poetry

From first draft to publishing deal

Monday September 2nd - Saturday September 7th 2019

Totleigh Barton

You’ve done it! You’ve written the first draft of a poem. But really, you’re only just beginning. What happens next? Does it need more lines and stanzas, or should you swell the white spaces? How can you tell if it’s raw or cooked, hard-edged or polished? And when you’ve got enough poems for a collection, how do you go about shaping it for publication? Become your own best editor with the guidance of two poet-editors expert at giving and receiving criticism. Please send three poems of no more than 40 lines each to totleighbarton@arvon.org by 19 August 2019.

Single room price: £795

Grants are available to help with the course fee

COURSE TUTORS

Totleigh Barton

Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Monday

Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

Tuesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Wednesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Thursday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

Friday

Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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