Date: April 4, 2023

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Level: Beginner | Emerging |

Cost: €240 (€220 Members)

Online/In Person: Online

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT)

Course Summary:

Patrick Kavanagh once wrote: ‘I dabbled in verse and it became my life.’ Have you ever dabbled and wanted to take it further? Have you read a poem that moved or excited you and thought to yourself: ‘That’s amazing! How is it done or could I do it?’

Ever wondered what the purpose of rhyme is, or why some poets still use it (and many don’t), or what makes poetry different from prose? Or why line-breaks are important (except when they’re not)? If you’re a beginner, or someone who has written (and maybe even published) some poetry and is now looking for direction and feedback from others at a similar stage, this course is for you.

Course Outline:

Apart from the basics (breaking into the blank page with triggering exercises etc.), you will look at a number of poems by established poets whose methods and techniques will be discussed. The emphasis will be on producing something new and surprising, having an adventure with language. Topics covered will include one of the oldest poetic devices (parallelism) that is still in use, riddles, the sonnet, imagery, metaphor, haiku/imagism and the prose poem. Advice will be given on publishing (online and in journals) and a short bibliography of useful books/anthologies. But it should be noted that the emphasis will be on having an adventure with language (in other words pleasure, or simply fun).

Mark Granier has an MA in Poetry from Lancaster University, and has been teaching poetry and creative writing for The Irish Writers’ Centre’s New Irish Communities project and University College Dublin’s Lifelong Learning Department for many years. His awards include the 1997 New Writer Prize, several Arts Council Bursaries, The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and two Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowships.  His fifth collection, Ghostlight: New & Selected Poems, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017.