Masterclass: How to Teach Poetry

Masterclass: How to Teach Poetry

Invent a workshop that is entirely yours
  • David Morley
Date Tuesday April 4th 2023, 19:00 - 21:00 BST
Location Online

Join professor David Morley as he becomes the latest tutor to take part in Arvon’s How to Teach Creative Writing Masterclass series. Whether you are a poet yourself looking for professional development or a teacher in a secondary school or college wanting a boost of creative inspiration, this Masterclass is aimed at anyone interested in developing their skills in, and enjoyment of, teaching poetry to adults or young people.

At the heart of Arvon is the belief that creative writing is a craft that can be taught. But how do you teach creative writing? And even more excitingly, how do you invent a workshop that is entirely yours? Your exercises. Your games. Your energy. Creating and leading a workshop is a creative, personal act, and can be just as original and fulfilling as the writing itself. It can also make you a better writer and reignite your own wonder and passion, as well as expanding your support network of creative peers.

In this series of Masterclasses, we will discuss (amongst many other things) the inexhaustible well of untapped writing exercises in the world, how to structure a workshop around a theme and how to fuel, compile and infuse a workshop with an energy that is nobody else’s but your own.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (19:00-21:00), so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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