to the website and blog of Joanna Preston,
Tasmanaut poet, editor, and freelance creative writing tutor.


Other People’s Poems – Close Readings, Analyses and Poem Commentaries

To paraphrase Owen Marshall: if you want to know the time, look at the clock’s face. If you want to know how a clock works, you have to take the back off. And that’s what close reading is – taking the time to try and work out what a poem is doing, and how. Drinking it in. Learnings its secrets. Wandering around the poem’s rooms and rumaging through its drawers.

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Welcome to The Poetry Class

Since 2010 I’ve been running poetry workshops as a freelance creative writing tutor. Below is a basic outline of what to expect in each type of workshop. Join the Poetry Class mailing list, and be first to hear when new classes open.

To see what classes are currently being offered, click here.
To enrol in a current class, click here.
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To learn more about the sorts of poetry classes I offer in general, read on.

I am available to run poetry or general creative writing classes for writers’ groups, festivals, and private individuals, and can tailor a workshop to your specific needs.
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CPC Spring 2018 Poetry in Performance 

Ah Spring. Season of late frosts, soggy lawns, and poetry. Specifically, the annual Canterbury Poets’ Collective Poetry in Performance readings! Perfectly designed to slot in to your Wednesday evenings from September 26th to November 14th, it’s the longest-running poetry readings series in New Zealand, bringing together a mix of the established, the novice, and the completely …

Competition Done!

That’s the 24 Hour Poem competition all over and done with. Eighty-six people managed to wrestle the muse into submission in time to send in an entry (including five people during the last couple of minutes and one on the stroke of midnight). So now we just have to print out the entries and choose …