The Poetry Masterclass Series with Multiple Poets


Starts: Wed 27 Sept 2017 
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Duration: 8 Weeks

Cost: €250/€230 Members 

This unique course offers new, emerging and professional poets an inside look at the craft and processes of those who have previously excelled at the form. This series of curated masterclasses, taking place over eight weeks, is designed to encourage the experienced poet to step outside his/her comfort zone through exposure to the working techniques and ideas of practising poets at the top of their game. Over an eight-week period, a different poet will deliver a masterclass on a theme of their choice.

Join Moyra Donaldson, Abby OliveiraStephen Sexton and others to discover new ways to get to the heart of your own work.

Week 1: Noticing a Poem with Enda Wyley
Wed 27 Sept • 6.30PM - 8.30PM 
Allow the poem to reveal itself to you by closely observing the craft behind a wide range of poetry by established poets. Be inspired by these poems and in turn, become more incisive in the making of your own poems. Group discussion and new writing will flow in this constructive session which will encourage you to become more confident in your approach to writing new poems. 

Week 2: Hearing Voices with Moyra Donaldson
Wed 4 Oct • 6.30PM - 8.30PM 
This workshop will look at the use of persona in poetry. Using examples from contemporary poets, we will examine how writing in the voice of ‘an other’ can bring fresh perspectives and liberate us to say unexpected things. The session will include group discussion and the creation of new writing. It will also look at the connection between form, content and meaning.

Week 3: TBC
Wed 11 Oct • 6.30PM - 8.30PM 

Week 4: with Abby Oliveira
Wed 18 Oct • 6.30PM - 8.30PM

Week 5: TBC
Wed 25 Oct • 6.30PM - 8.30PM 
Week 6: Dramatising the Self with Jessica Traynor
Wed 1 Nov • 6.30PM - 8.30PM 
How can theatrical techniques help improve our poems? What can the art of the dramatic monologue teach us in terms of shaping our poetic subject matter? In this workshop we'll be looking at theatrical writing techniques as a means of creating tension, conflict and drama in our poems. We'll also be developing our individual voices and thinking about ways to ventriloquise other voices, using some well known poems and dramatic monologues as examples.

Week 7: TBC
Wed 8 Nov • 6.30PM - 8.30PM 
Week 8:  with Stephen Sexton
Wed 15 Nov • 6.30PM - 8.30PM 
About the Poets
Moyra Donaldson is an award winning poet and creative writing facilitator from Co Down. She has published six collections of poetry and is widely published in literary magazines in Europe and USA.

Abby Oliveira is a performance poet based in Derry.  She was the 2014 and 2015 Lingo festival poetry slam champion, and recently completed a spoken-word tour in Australia, supported by the Arts Council NI.  She is currently working on a play in conjunction with Tinderbox theatre co (Belfast) which will combine elements of performance poetry and theatre, and will be part of the company’s upcoming Take-Away Theatre initiative.

Stephen Sexton is a PhD student in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. His thesis looks at recent ekphrastic poetry. Stephen's poems have recently appeared in Poetry London and Poetry Ireland Review. In 2012 he was the winner of the inaugural Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition. His pamphlet, Oils, was the Poetry Book Society's Winter Pamphlet Choice for 2014-2015.

Jessica Traynor is a poet and creative writing teacher from Dublin. Her first collection, Liffey Swim, was published by Dedalus Press and shortlisted for the 2015 Shine/Strong First Collection Award. A new series of commissioned poems to accompany Swift's 'A Modest Proposal' is forthcoming from The Salvage Press in 2017. 

Enda Wyley has published five collections of poetry; Eating Baby Jesus, Socrates in the Garden, Poems for Breakfast and To Wake to This. Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems was published by Dedalus Press, 2014. She was the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, Australia and in 2014 was the recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. She is a member of Aosdána.

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