Online: Poetry in the Making with Enda Wyley Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. Writing Courses Autumn 2020

Booked Out: Online: Poetry in the Making with Enda Wyley

Starts Thurs 15 Oct 2020
Time: 2.00 pm–4.00 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members

Course Level: Emerging

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

Course Summary: 

Celebrate with poet Enda Wyley the impressive varieties of forms and creative energies that connect in the making of great poems. Be inspired by the work of established poets and be guided in your own poetry writing. Feel part of an encouraging workshop community and be open to the making of your own new poems.

Course Outline: 

This six-week poetry workshop will be enjoyable, varied and interactive. You will encounter work by established poets as a means to guide you in your own writing and to inspire new work. Simple writing prompts will also be given in class which will get you into the routine of writing on a regular basis and to create new poems. There will be no pressure on anyone to share new work in the sessions – but if participants are happy to do so, the workshop will be an encouraging and positive environment for new poems to be shared and celebrated.

The workshops will also cover many themes relevant to the making of poetry, including:

  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 making 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 a Poetry Workshop at IWC run by poet 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!’

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

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

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