Editing Poetry

First draft to publishing deal

Monday November 26th - Saturday December 1st 2018

The Hurst

You’ve written the first draft of a poem. What happens next? Do you sculpt it down to its essence, consult a thesaurus, or insert lines, stanzas and white spaces? Are you fired by its visual impact, soundscape, intellectual complexity or emotional punch? Is it 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 not more than 40 lines each by Monday 12 November 2018 to thehurst@arvon.org.

This course is half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and those in receipt of certain UK state benefits – see here for concession pricing information.

Single room price: £800 

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The Hurst

The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.

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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