Workshops for 2020

The Poetry Class – 2020 Edition

To enrol, or to ask a questions about the courses, please use the contact form on the Current Classes page.

May 2nd to 30th
Examining the Ockhams

A five-session Reading for Writing course with a New Zealand focus, taking a close look at the books shortlisted for the poetry category of the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. (The longlist is announced January 30th, shortlist on April 4th, and the winners announced midway through our course, on May 12th.)

Saturdays, May 2nd to 30th, 2020
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 25th April 2020.
Downloadable A4 poster available here.

BONUS SUNDAY course (subject to funding)

A repeat of the Saturday Examining the Ockhams class, one day later (Sunday mornings), same venue, same times, same cost.

Sundays, May 3rd to 31st, 2020
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 25th April 2020.

June 13th and 20th
Formalities A

Saturdays, June 13th and 20th, 2020
(2 sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $15

– Contingent on funding by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund –

A two-session course looking at formal poetry of various types – from the well known to the weird, the historical to the hysterical. Poetry that rhymes, poetry that scans, poetry that follows rules, and poetry that takes the rules and uses them as roller-skates. Open your eyes wide to the wonderful world of formal poetry!

Suitable for all levels.

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 5th June 2020.
Downloadable A4 poster will eventually be available here.

June 14th, 21st and 28th
Formalities B

Saturdays, June 13th and 20th, 2020
(2 sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $25

– Contingent on funding by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund –

A three-session course looking even further at formal poetry of various types. Not a duplication of Formalities A, but a complimentary exploration of formal poetry. Again, we’ll be ranging from the familiar to the fantastical, starting with the basics before heading out to roam through forms ancient and modern.

Suitable for all levels. Drink deep from the well of formal poetry!

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 5th June 2020.
Downloadable A4 poster will eventually be available here.

Note: I’m taking the second half of the year to concentrate on my own writing, so this will be it for 2020.

 

To find out what you missed, read on!

February 1st to 29th 
Reading for Writing: An Odyssey by Anthology

An American, a Canadian, and a Brit walk into an anthology

Yes, it’s back! A chance to consider the world of 2018 and 2019 through the lens of the best poetry from America, Canada and the UK, via the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2018 & 2019, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018 & 2019, and The Forward Book of Poetry 2019 & 2020.

How did the Northern Hemisphere see the last two years? Are there Brexit poems? Trumpocalypse poems? Climate-change poems? Protest poems? Or did the poets stick to hearts, flowers, puppies and kittens, and the inevitable Mornings After?

A combination of close reading with writing exercises. Suitable for all levels.

Saturdays, February 1st to 29th, 2020
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 25th January 2020.