Date: January 24, 2024

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Level: Beginner | Emerging |

Cost: €240/€220

This course will take place on Wednesdays in-person for 8 weeks

Course Summary

The French poet Paul Valéry defined poetry as ‘a language within a language.’ American poet Kenneth Koch spoke of poetry as ‘a language in which the sound of the words is raised to an importance equal to that of their meaning.’  Each word has a little music of its own, which poetry rearranges so it can be heard.





Course Outline

In Adam’s exciting workshops you will delve deep into these arrangements, exploring the full arsenal of poetic tools– such as symbolism, repetition, figurative speech and persona – you need to become a fully fluent in poetry.  Adam will combine reading poems with writing them and encourage both beginners and more experienced poets to listen for words that help a poem hang together.

The course will also introduce many poetic forms such as the sonnet, haiku and villanelle, and you will discover how contemporary poets continue to push the envelope of these age-old forms.

Course Outcomes

Taking its approach from Paul Muldoon’s advice to, ‘lose your voice and write about what you don’t know’, the course will take you deeper into your unique poetic style where you will be encouraged to first learn the rules and then break them.  All this and lots more….

Adam Wyeth is an award-winning and critically acclaimed poet, playwright and essayist with five books published with Salmon Poetry. In 2019 he received The Kavanagh Fellowship Award. Wyeth is the author of Silent Music, Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize and The Art of Dying, an Irish Times Book of the Year. In 2013 Salmon Poetry published his book of essays, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry, Foreword by Paula Meehan. This book is used as a teaching tool around the world and has been officially added to DeSales University (Pennsylvania) MFA program in Creative Writing and DePaul University classes in Chicago – Books for Celtic Mythology and Books for Contemporary Celtic Literature. Wyeth’s plays have been performed across Ireland and also in New York and Berlin. His play This Is What Happened was published by Salmon in 2019. His fifth collection about:blank is a large four-part poetical sequence, which blurs genre, moving across, poetry, prose and dialogue. In 2020, Wyeth was selected for The Abbey Theatre’s (Ireland’s National Theatre) Engine Room Development Programme where he worked on about:blank as an audio-immersive piece. Subsequently, he received the Arts Council Ireland Literature Project Award to complete the project. about:blank premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival 2021. Wyeth is also a recipient of the Live Music & Performance Scheme for a new music and text work in collaboration with Emmy-nominated composer David Downes, performed by pianist Rolf Hind and Cellist Adrian Mantu. Wyeth is an Associate Artist of the Civic Theatre, Dublin, and works on ideas and research for the RTÉ Poetry Programme. He teaches online creative writing correspondence courses at and