Workshops for 2019

The Poetry Classes – 2019 Edition

Summer 2019

November 2nd to 30th
Reading for Writing: Dead Poets

A final Reading for Writing course, this time focusing on the work of poets from across the English-speaking world who have died this year. From Mary Oliver to Les Murray, Linda Gregg to Stanley Plumly, John Millet to Elaine Feinstein, WS Merwin and beyond.

Poets who have joined the Great Majority. Died. Ceased to be. Become bereft of life. Snuffed it. Shuffled off this mortal coil to go write lyrics for the Choir Invisible. They are Ex-Poets. Come and explore them!

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

Saturdays, November 2nd to 30th, 2019
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Sydenham Room,
South Christchurch Library
Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Final date for enrolment: 25th October 2019.
Downloadable A4 poster available here.

 

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What You’ve Missed So Far in 2019:

Summer 2019

January 26th
Jump-start the Muse at The Laboratory

Looking for inspiration? Can’t find the time to write? Want to meet some other poetry enthusiasts and have fun writing? A workshop packed full of writing exercises, designed to get the creative juices flowing. Along the way we’ll look at questions of technique, and read lots of great poems.

Each writing challenge is designed to address some specific aspect of poetry writing, such as persona, anaphora, ekphrasis, curses and blessings, subverting clichés, and maybe even trying our hands at a few forms.

Suitable for all levels.

January 26th 2019
(Saturday – six hours including breaks)
11 am – 5 pm
The Classroom,
The Laboratory
17 West Belt, Lincoln
Fee:  $25

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 8, maximum of 14 places.

 

January 27th
Frost in Summer: A Reading for Writing Workshop

Spend a day immersed in the poetry of Robert Frost. Whether you like wandering down The Road Not Taken, need to battle the heat by Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, find yourself becoming Acquainted With the Night or feel like it’s time to think about going Out, Out— because Nothing Gold Can Stay. Join Joanna Preston for a poetry workshop that blends close reading with writing exercises, all based in some way on poems by this towering figure of American literature.

Suitable for all levels.

January 27th 2019
(Sunday – six hours including breaks)
11 am – 5 pm
The Classroom,
The Laboratory
17 West Belt, Lincoln
Fee: $25

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 8, maximum of 14 places.

 

March 2nd to 30th
Five New Zealand Women

A Reading for Writing workshop looking at the work of five contemporary New Zealand poets of the female persuasion. Which five? You’ll have to wait and see!

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

Saturdays
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Sydenham Room,
South Christchurch Library
Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.

BONUS REPEAT CLASS:

March 10th to April 7th
Five New Zealand Women

Same as above, only taking place in Lincoln on Sundays! So if you fancy spending some quality time in a smaller group, looking at the work of five contemporary New Zealand poets of the female persuasion, this one is for you.

Sundays
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Fitzgerald Room,
Lincoln Event Centre
15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln
Fee: $40

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund

Maximum of 10 places.

May 18th to June 15th 
The Nobel Laureates

A Reading for Writing workshop taking an international turn – looking at the work of five poets who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature: Joseph Brodsky, Pablo Neruda, Wisława Szymborska, Tomas Tranströmer and Derek Walcott.

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

Saturdays
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Sydenham Room,
South Christchurch Library
Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.

August 17th to September 14th 
Poetry and Science

Following on from last years’ wildly popular double-act with Johanna Emeney, I’m offering a full Reading for Writing course looking at the intersection of poetry and science. Only one tutor this time, but five sessions to explore the subject. Poetry and medicine, poetry and mathematics, poetry of the scientific method, poetry and cosmology … ways of looking at the workings of the universe, big and small, and ways of bringing these seemingly disparate disciplines safely together.

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

Saturdays
(five sessions)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Sydenham Room,
South Christchurch Library
Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $40

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund.

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.

Spring 2019

September 22nd to October 27th, 2019
The Nobel Laureates

A Reading for Writing workshop taking an international turn – looking at the work of five poets who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature: Joseph Brodsky (Russia/USA), Pablo Neruda (Chile), Wisława Szymborska (Poland), Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden) and Derek Walcott (St Lucia).

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

Yes, a repeat of our winter class, but this time Sundays in Lincoln!

Sundays
(five sessions only – no class 22/9)
10.30 am – 1.30 pm
The Fitzgerald Room,
Lincoln Event Centre
15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln
Fee: $40

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund.

Maximum of 10 places.