Masterclass: Very Short Poems | The power of compression | Arvon
Masterclass Recording: Very Short Poems
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Masterclass Recording: Very Short Poems

The power of compression
  • Rory Waterman
Date Recorded Tuesday August 29th 2023, 19:00-21:00 BST
Location Online

How do poets make very little space do a lot? What can we learn from the distilled expression of tiny poems?

Experienced poet Rory Waterman leads a creative workshop exploring very short poems. Looking in detail at a selection of short work by a range of poets, you will learn about the power of inference, concision, and evocation. Through generative writing exercises, you will explore the elements that make up the miniature form, including metre, rhyme, line breaks, imagery, and metaphor. During this inspiring and supportive masterclass, you will discover the joy of brevity and precision, and how to make a little do a lot. You will develop a new toolbox of techniques for writing you own very short poems that surprise and sing beyond themselves.

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Online: £25.00

Concessions: £12.50

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