Masterclass: Very Short Poems

Masterclass: Very Short Poems

The Power of Compression
  • Rory Waterman
Date 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.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, 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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