Workshops for 2018

Over for 2018

Thanks to everyone who came to this year’s workshops. Planning for next year is underway, so stay tuned for details.

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Read On to See What You Missed Earlier This Year …

Summer 2018

January 20th & 21st
Poetic Turns

Why do poems change course? And how do they do it? What can you add to a poem by leaping off in another direction? Based on the book Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns by Michael Theune, this class will examine ways that poems can weave in extra levels of complexity, and prompt us to open our own work up to new possibilities.

A two-day intensive workshop, mixing reading and discussion with writing exercises designed to put what we learn into practice. Suitable for those with some familiarity with writing poetry.

January 20th & 21st, 2018
(two days – Saturday and Sunday)
11 am – 5 pm
The Classroom,
The Laboratory
17 West Belt, Lincoln
Fee: $40

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund

Minimum of 12, maximum of 20 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 13th January 2018
Click here to enrol
A downloadable A4 poster available here (and it’s in colour too)!

February 3rd
Jump-start the Muse: a poetry writing workshop

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, curses and blessings, subverting clichés, and maybe even trying our hands at a few forms!

Suitable for all levels.

February 3rd, 2018
(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 12, maximum of 24 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 27th January 2018
A (somewhat large) downloadable A4 poster available here (also in colour)!

February 4th
Jump-start the Muse II: another poetry writing workshop!

What’s better than a whole day of poetry writing? How about a second whole day? Yes, we’re back 24 hours later for another workshop packed full of writing exercises. None will be repeated from Saturday, so those of you who fancy doubing up wil be facing completely new challenges. For everybody else, Saturday or Sunday: you choose. Either way, you can expect heaps of writing, lots of prompts, and the chance to meet other writers.

Suitable for all levels.

February 4th, 2018
(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 12, maximum of 24 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 27th January 2018
A (somewhat large) downloadable A4 poster available here (also in colour)!

Autumn 2018

March 3rd to 31st
2017: An Odyssey by Anthology

A Reading for Writing workshop, looking back at 2017 through the lens of poetry anthologies such as the Forward (UK), Best American, Best Australian, Best New Zealand and Best Canadian. How differently did poets see the world in other English speaking countries? A blend of close reading with writing exercises. Suitable for all levels.

Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2018
(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.
Closing date for enrolments: 23.2.18.
Downloadable A4 poster here.

BONUS: REPEAT CLASS ON SUNDAYS IN LINCOLN

Love the sound of 2017: An Odyssey by Anthology but can’t make it on Saturdays? Or live out of the city, and don’t fancy treking across every week? Then rejoice, for the gods of Selwyn Creative Communities funding have smiled upon us, and we’ll be doing the same thing one day later at The Laboratory in Lincoln.

Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1st, 2018
(five sessions)
11 am – 2 pm
The Classroom,
The Laboratory
17 West Belt, Lincoln
Fee: $40

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund

Minimum of 12, maximum of 15 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 23.2.18.
Downloadable A4 poster here.

May 5th to June 2nd
Formal Poetry workshop

A workshop exploring the world of Contemporary Formal Poetry. Sonnets, sestinas, pantoums, villanelles, haibun and more. How do modern poets use traditional forms? How much room is there to innovate? Poems that rhyme, poems that scan, and poems that push the idea of ‘form’ to its limits. Suitable for all levels.

Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 & June 2nd, 2018
(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.
Closing date for enrolments: 3.5.18.

Winter 2018

June 17th
Flash Fiction with Heather McQuillan

Straddling the border between prose poem and short story, Flash Fiction uses 250 words (or fewer) to pack a galactic punch. Join guest tutor Heather McQuillan at the Laboratory for a five hour workshop that will explore this exciting new form.

Suitable for all levels.

Sunday 17th June 2018
11 am – 4 pm
(five hours)
The Classroom,
The Laboratory
17 West Belt, Lincoln
Fee: $40

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund

Minimum of 12, maximum of 15 places.
Downloadable A4 poster here.

July 21st to August 18th 
Ten New Zealand Men

A Reading for Writing workshop looking at the work of ten contemporary New Zealand poets of the male persuasion. Which ten? 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.
Closing date for enrolments: 14.7.18
Downloadable A4 poster here.

August 26th
Speed Date an Editor

In belated celebration of National Poetry Day, a chance to get feedback on a poem from not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR editors. The catch? You only have seven minutes with each one …

Sunday 26th August 2018
11 am – 1.30 pm
(four sessions)
The Classroom,
The Laboratory
17 West Belt, Lincoln
Fee: $5
Limited to 16 participants

Supported by Selwyn District Council Creative Communities fund

 

October 6th to November 3rd
First Books

A Reading for Writing workshop that takes a look at the work of some of modern poetry’s finest by going back in time and considering their first collections. A chance to consider the evolution both of contemporary poetry and poets. A blend of close reading with writing exercises. Suitable for all levels.

Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 2018
(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.
Closing date for enrolments: 30.9.18.
Downloadable A4 poster available here.

Spring 2018

November 16th
Poetry and Science with Johanna Emeney and Joanna Preston

Join Jo² for chance to explore the intersection of poetry and science. Yes, back due to popular request, Auckland’s very own Johanna Emeney wil be joining Joanna Preston to co-present a whole-day workshop about science and poetry. Poetry of the body, the personal medical poem, the poetry of science, poetry and mathematics, and ways of bringing these seemingly disparate disciplines safely together. Stay tuned for details!

Friday 16 November 2018
(Canterbury Anniversary Day)
10 am to 4 pm
The Boardroom
South Library
66 Colombo St, Christchurch
Fee: $30

Supported by Christchurch City Council Creative Communities fund

Minimum of 10, maximum of 18 places.
Closing date for enrolments: 10.11.18.
Downloadable A4 poster available here.

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