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.

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.
Downloadable A4 poster coming soon.

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 coming at some point.

August 1st to 29th
Topic to be confirmed.

Another five-session class, with the subject yet to be decided. (Feel free to suggest one!)

Saturdays, August 1st to 29th, 2020
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: tbc, likely $40 if we get funding

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 24th July 2020.
Downloadable A4 poster coming at some point.

October 3rd to 31st
Topic to be confirmed.

Another five-session class, with the subject yet to be decided. (Feel free to suggest one!)

Saturdays, October 3rd to 31st, 2020
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Boardroom,
South Christchurch Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: tbc, likely $40 if we get funding

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 26th September 2020.