Reading for Writing: 2017 – an Odyssey by Anthology

Sample poetry from across the English-speaking world, looking back at 2017 through the lens of poetry anthologies.

Join poet Joanna Preston for a workshop that climbs inside poems, finds out what makes them tick, and explores ways to use that knowledge to create poems of your own.  

A blend of close reading with poetry writing exercises. 

Suitable for all levels. 

When: Saturdays, 10.30 am to 1.30 pmMarch 3rd to 31st (five sessions)
or Sundays, 11 am to 2 pmMarch 4th to April 1st (also five sessions).
Where: Saturdays in The Sydenham Room, South Library Learning Centre, Beckenham
or Sundays in The Classroom, The Laboratory, Lincoln.
Cost: $40 (thanks respectively to Christchurch City and Selwyn District Councils’ Creative Communities Funds).
Number of Places: South Library on Saturdays; minimum 10 and maximum 18
or Lincoln on Sundays; minimum 10, maximum 15.
Enrolments close23rd February 2018 (both options).
To enrol: email, or, for those who like playing with technology, I now have a dedicated page on my website for all current courses, complete with an enrolment form:
Some more detailed information:
What’s it all about? It’s a five-session Reading for Writing course, looking at poetry from 2017 anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2017, The Best Australian Poems 2017, and The Forward Book of Poetry 2018 and so on.
For those of you who haven’t been to a Reading for Writing class before,  we’ll read and discuss around half a dozen poems per session, study one closely to see how it works (or doesn’t), and have two writing exercises that are based in some way on the poems of that session. Think of it as a guided tour of poetry you may otherwise not come across, in the company of like-minded enthusiasts. You don’t have to know anything much about poetry from a technical or lit-crit perspective, just be happy learning and feel reasonably comfortable being told “write a poem about …”. 
How does this two locations thing work? The classes in Lincoln will repeat the previous day’s class in Beckenham. Same materials, same exercises. Just a different day, and a different venue.
Still got questions?  Email and ask away.

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