Booked Out: Online: Poetry Alive! with Enda Wyley

Booked Out: Online: Poetry Alive! with Enda Wyley

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Starts: Thurs 5 Aug 2021
Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: €120/€110 members

Course Level: Emerging

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)

Course Summary:

Celebrate through poetry the world that we live in with poet Enda Wyley. Be inspired by the energetic and imaginative work of established poets and be guided in your own poetry writing. Feel part of an encouraging workshop community and be open to the creation of your own new poems.

Course Outline: 

What will participants be focusing on and when? - Detail main topics covered in course (or give daily/weekly session breakdowns of one line). Will participants be expected to produce work and if so, how often?

Course Content:

  1. Reading work by established poets to guide us as emerging poets.
  2. Being inspired by what poets have to say about poetry and the writing of it.
  3. Prompts into writing.
  4. The power of imagery.
  5. Poetry and form
  6. The sonic and visual power of poetry
  7. How to edit and improve a poem.
  8. When is a poem finished? This and other creative dilemmas will be addressed.
  9. What publications might be suitable to send our work to.
  10. The value of enjoying poetry and remaining enthused about reading and writing it.
  11. To show up, feel part of an encouraging writing community, and to have fun!

Course Outcomes:

Course participants will take away from this course an increased enthusiasm for poetry – the reading and writing of it, and a deeper understanding of the making of poetry. They will also feel encouraged and confident enough to keep writing and to continue to follow their own individual journey as emerging poets.

Enda Wyley is an Irish poet and teacher with over twenty-years’ experience of teaching poetry and writing. She has published six collections of poetry – most recently The Painter on his Bike, Dedalus Press, 2019. Awards include The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, Melbourne University, and she has been widely broadcast, translated and anthologised, including in The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry. Enda Wyley is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of artists.


Some Responses by Participants to Poetry Workshops at IWC run by Enda Wyley.

‘This was my first poetry workshop and it proved to be a wonderful experience.  I have a lot to learn about writing poetry and I feel that I learned a lot. I'm sure I'm not the only one who rated  it 'Excellent' on the IWC course survey!’

‘The last 8 weeks have changed my mindset enormously…it was a deadly course and I'd love to do another.’

‘This course is really stretching my imagination. I love your prompts. They are moving me in a different direction which is so enjoyable.’


‘It has been an exceptional course. We achieved so much – but most of all it was such great fun!!’

‘Every week was a pure joy that stretched my mind and opened it up to a world of beautiful poetry. I loved your enthusiasm for teaching and your passion for poetry and I really enjoyed the group interaction. I hope you will run another course in the future. Thanks again for everything..’


‘I finished the 6 week 'Poetry in the making' course with Enda Wyley yesterday. 

It was a wonderful course and I enjoyed every minute of it. Enda's excellent teaching and her passion for poetry was palpable throughout each of the 6 sessions. The group interaction was really enjoyable and Enda drew the best from every participant. 

The course stretched my mind and fuelled my enthusiasm for both reading and writing poetry.  Thanks so much for organising the course. If Enda is facilitating another poetry course I would love to join it.’


‘I just wanted to write a little note to say how amazing your poetry course with Enda Wyley was. My dad booked me in as a gift and I was so delighted with how much I learnt and developed in my writing in such a moving way. She is a fantastic teacher as well as poet and I hope you will have more courses by her in future.’


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