"I find the classes amazing for taking me on journeys in writing I would never have embarked on by myself. The most creative poetry classes I have ever attended."
Future Courses and Workshops
Do you wish you could go further and deeper in your poems, that you could transform the raw material of your life and imagination into poems that surprise you and the reader? This course will encourage you to explore what is important to you as a poet and offer inspiration and renewed energy. There will be plenty of exercises each morning to generate vivid imagery and fresh language, enabling you to produce new poems each day, drawing on a wealth of source material. As well as generating new work we will spend time discussing how to shape drafts into vivid and memorable art and how to get published. Be prepared to extend your boundaries during an enjoyable week of hard work and fun in the divine surroundings of the Château and Languedoc landscape. There will be a maximum of ten participants.
Sky in the Eye: Developing Creativity Using Women Surrealists' Art as a Palette Ty Newydd residential course in North Wales, 15 - 20 July 2013
Led by poet Pascale Petit and filmmaker Pamela Robertson-Pearce
Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd LL52 0LW
To book phone 01766 522811 or email: email@example.com
This course will develop creativity and free the imagination through women surrealists’ art and practices. Whether you are a poet, prose writer, visual artist, or just interested in the potential of surrealism to energise your work, this course will help you ﬁnd an authentic voice for a sustained art practice.We will explore the rich heritage of surrealism, focusing on women artists such as Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Meret Oppenheim, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller and Annette Messager. There will be screenings of ﬁlms, such as Pamela’s Imago: Meret Oppenheim, and Pascale will offer writing exercises and games. Books and images will be available for research and readings. A dream journal will be started and time set aside to write and/or draw in it each morning. Apart from morning workshops, ﬁlms and talks, there will be an opportunity for private time in the afternoons and one to ones with the tutors.
When does a bunch of poems become a collection? How does a poet achieve book publication? Perhaps you have thirty poems you are pleased with and you wonder if you are ready to submit your manuscript. The aim of this course is to give guidance and advice towards compiling a collection and getting it published. This could be your first full-length book, a pamphlet, or an application for an Eric Gregory Award.
Towards a Collection is divided into ten lessons. In each lesson we'll look at different aspects of the process, starting with extending your creative limits, getting a track record in magazines, compiling a pamphlet, structuring and ordering a full-length volume, the function of poem and book titles, and the rigorous editing required to prepare a manuscript for submission. We'll also consider covers, publicity, what happens when you do get accepted, and what readers and publishers might be looking for.