Online Evening Course: Poetry – Towards a Collection
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Online Evening Course: Poetry – Towards a Collection

Becoming your own best editor
Tutors
  • Jane Commane
  • Ian Humphreys
Date Monday April 3rd - Monday May 1st 2023
Location Online

You’ve reached that pivotal moment and have enough poems for a first collection – but what to do next? The task ahead might feel daunting. You may be wondering whether a poetry collection has to be tightly themed, or if can it be a loose unravelling of a story only you can tell? Should it be a mix of your ‘best’, fresh new work, or your most successful poems to date? Your tutors will guide you through this with practical techniques for ordering, polishing and refining your poems, for tuning into and trusting your own voice. This course with poets Jane Commane and Ian Humphreys will enable you to become your own best ‘self editor’ – to look closely at the delicate mechanisms that make a poem tick and to understand what publishers look out for. As well as encouraging you to explore form and spot gaps and opportunities in your poetry, the course includes creative prompts, activities and poems to act as springboards for you to write surprising and exciting new work.


Do you want to commit time to your writing but can only manage a couple of hours a week? Would you like a writing boost and a network of writing buddies? Then join us for this Arvon Evening Course which unpacks our popular 5-day online writing week over 5 weeks of evening classes. Each week, your tutors will deliver a workshop designed to propel your writing forward, with one-to-one tutorials offered mid-course, alongside tutor readings and weekly socials.  You will develop a regular writing routine and come away from the course with a whole new network of contacts and companions for your writing years ahead.

Online: £425

Concessions: £297.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, we offer limited concessionary places at a 30% reduction. You can select this option at checkout if available.

Grants are available to help with the course fee

We are committed to making our Arvon at Home programme accessible to as many people as possible.

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Week 1

Monday

18.30—18.50: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the next 5 weeks, how the technology works, along with some ideas for making your writing ‘cocoon’. You’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise.

18.50—21:00: Workshop with both tutors (one-hour each) and your all-important fellow writers! 10-min break between workshops.

Wednesday

17.30 19.00: 3 x 25-min tutorials.

Week 2

Monday

18.00: Optional social time before class (eating dinner and introducing pets welcome!)

18.30 — 20.00: Workshop with one of your tutors.

20.15 — 21.00: Tutor readings.

Wednesday

17.30 19.00: 3 x 25-min tutorials.

Week 3

Monday

18.00: Optional social time before class

18.30 — 21.00: Workshop with one of your tutors.

Wednesday

17.30 19.00: 3 x 25-min tutorials.

Week 4

Monday

18.00: Optional social time before class

18.30 — 21.00: Workshop with one of your tutors.

Wednesday

17.30 19.00: 3 x 25-min tutorials.

Week 5

Monday

18.00: Optional social time before class (eating dinner and introducing pets welcome!)

18.30 — 20.00: Workshop with one of your tutors.

20.15 — 21.15: Closing comments by your tutors, followed by group readings. An opportunity to share some of the new words you have conjured over the past 5 weeks in a celebratory atmosphere among new friends.

And then...

Next steps: The 5 weeks don’t stop here. You now have a writing community. Stay in touch. Share your work with each other, and take it forward!

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