Current Poetry Classes

Enrolments now reopened for:

August 28th – September 26th 2021
Rhyme & Reasons: A Formal Poetry Course

Do you yearn to return to a place and time 
when rhyme was abundant, and rarely a crime?
Join Joanna and the Poetry Class
for metrical magic, both present and past.
Go Rambo with crambo, pluck the quivering strings
of villanelles, decima and sevenlings.
Doff your bonnet for a sonnet, send words out to play
in paddocks of pantoums and triolet!

Back again, the famous Poetry Class romp through the world of formal poetry!

We’ll be discussing different types of rhyme and how to use them; what meter is (and how to escape it when necessary); and learning the ins and outs of a wide range of different forms, both historical and very very recent.

This class is safe for poets and poetry enthusiasts of all levels – whether you know the meaning of all the terms, or thought a sonnet was a fancy hat to wear on sunny days.

Lockdown Update

The Wednesday/Thursday evening Zoom classes will be going ahead as originally planned – $40 for all five.

The Saturday South Library classes will shift to Zoom until we return to a level that makes it safe for us to meet in person. I know this won’t suit everybody, so each session will stand alone, and you pay $8 per session. This stays the same whether we go back to in-person classes in a week or not. And yes, if you definitely want all five Saturdays and don’t care where they’re held, you can sign up for the whole five for $40, just like usual.

If more than 10 people want Saturday sessions, I’ll add a Saturday afternoon Zoom option.

Likewise, the Sunday Lincoln classes will shift to Zoom until we return to a level that makes it safe for us to meet in person. Again, I know this won’t suit everybody. But at least this time you’ll only pay $8 per Zoom session. Again, if you definitely want to come to this option and don’t care if it’s on Zoom or in person, you can pay up front and be assured of a place. Because this course is unfunded, I will have to ask for more money when we resume in-person sessions (equivalent of $12 per session). So the all five cost may need to go up from $40, but we’ll deal with that when the time comes.

If more than 10 people want Sunday sessions, I’ll add a Sunday afternoon Zoom option.

Saturday mornings on Zoom/ then (hopefully) back at South Library
August 28th to September 25th, 2021 
(five sessions)
10.30 am to 1.30 pm
$40 for all five, or $8 per session.
Minimum 10, maximum 18 places in person
minimum 6, maximum 10 places for Zoom.
Enrolments close the Friday before each class.

Supported by Christchurch District Council Creative Communities Fund

Sunday Mornings on Zoom /then (hopefully) back in Lincoln
August 29th to September 26th, 2021 
(five sessions)
10 am to 1 pm
$40 for all five, or $8 per session (will increase in person)
Minimum 8, maximum 16 places in person
minimum 6, maximum 10 places for Zoom.
Enrolments close the Friday before each class.

Online via Zoom, Wednesday and Thursday nights
September 1st to 30th, 2021
6.30 pm to 8 pm
$40,
minimum 6, maximum 12 places
enrolments close 27th August 2021

To enrol, ask a question, or express interest in attending, please use the form below.

To see what else is planned for 2021, visit the Classes for 2021 page.