Events on The Verandah


 

Writing, poetry, mindfulness & creative projects

Online workshops, readings & masterclasses

Pull up a chair on my verandah in the dappled sunlight, one of my favourite places: half inside, half outside, a bridge where some of the best ideas happen.

Learn from the best teachers in poetic craft, hone your writing with fine-tuned feedback and join our inspiring writing workshops.

 Masterclass tutors include Mona Arshi, Malika Booker, Caroline Bird, Mimi Khalvati, Glyn Maxwell, Annie Finch, Dai George, Judith Beveridge, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Hannah Lowe, Pascale Petit, Don Paterson, Cath Drake, Paul Hetherington and Cassandra Atherton. Poets who have contributed to events also include Craig Santos Perez, Toshini Doshi, Ellen van Neerven.

 Any problems with bookings LET ME KNOW.  Put the timing in your diary. Joining info is sent out at least a couple of days in advance – check your spam folder and then get in touch if you don’t receive it.  

May 2024

Building a Poetry Toolbox Masterclass Series, Don Paterson, May June & July 2024 Sold Out

Building a Poetry Toolbox is a series of three poetry masterclasses by Don Paterson, one of the most accomplished poets in the UK, It will focus on the tools every poet can use to make their poems more memorable and effective. Each workshop will include examples from the masters and practical exercises. Don will explore finding the form of the poem, honing the theme and domain, and sharpening the beginnings and endings of poems. ...
14 May - 16 Jul
10:00 am - 12:30 am
Online (Zoom)

One-to-one Poetry Editing / Mentoring

Get invaluable one-to-one feedback on 3-4 poems, encouragement and advice on achieving your poetry goals. This can help you hone your poetry craft more than anything else. Become more aware of your strengths and what aspects you need to work on. ...
27 May - 27 Oct
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online (Zoom)
June 2024

Building a Poetry Toolbox Masterclass Series Don Paterson (REPEAT June, July & Aug 2024): Sold Out

Building a Poetry Toolbox is a series of three poetry masterclasses by Don Paterson, one of the most accomplished poets in the UK, It will focus on the tools every poet can use to make their poems more memorable and effective. Each workshop will include examples from the masters and practical exercises. Don will explore finding the form of the poem, honing the theme and domain, and sharpening the beginnings and endings of poems. ...
02 Jun - 04 Aug
10:00 am - 12:30 am
Online (Zoom)

The Climate of Change Poetry Workshops, 2024 – UK morning

We'll be reading, discussing, writing poetry and inspiring each other as we focus on the change and adaptation we need in the face of climate changes. It means looking at the world afresh, more deeply and questioning structures, lifestyles and cultural assumptions – everything! Join an ongoing group to grow knowledge, understanding and support each others' writing. ...
13 Jun
10:00 am - 12:30 am
Online (Zoom)

The Climate of Change Poetry Workshops, 2024 – UK evening

We'll be reading, discussing, writing poetry and inspiring each other as we focus on the change and adaptation we need in the face of climate changes. It means looking at the world afresh, more deeply and questioning structures, lifestyles and cultural assumptions – everything! Join an ongoing group to grow knowledge, understanding and support each others' writing. ...
13 Jun
Online (Zoom)
July 2024

Rules in the Poetry Game, Masterclass with Kate Potts 25/7/24

Award-winning UK poet Kate Potts explores some of the ways poets use rules of control and restraint in their writing to bypass the blank page, embrace chance, and find surprising or serendipitous outcomes. We’ll discover how, whether we use such constraints wholeheartedly or intermittently, letting go of conscious choice and embracing randomness and play can bring a new sense of imaginative freedom to our practice.   ...
25 Jul
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online (Zoom)
August 2024

The Ecology of Eclogues, poetry masterclass with John Kinsella, 18/8/24

Learn about the Eclogue, traditionally a pastoral form that sets up competing viewpoints or dialogue and dates back to Virgil. Leading Australian writer and long term environmental poet and activist, John Kinsella will apply this form to the contemporary anti-pastoral. He will draw on a wide variety of approaches from the lyrical to the more experimental.  Explore historical examples of the eclogue, plus many pieces from his latest collection, The Pastoraclasm (Salt, 2023) . Write your own Eclogue with John.  The voices in your poems might be, contesting voices, for example, an environmentalist and an industrialist, a walker and a property owner, an official and a climate protester. ...
18 Aug
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online (Zoom)
September 2024

Inspiration from the Poetry of Michael Donaghy with Don Paterson 16/9/24 – SAVE THE DATE

Why do some poems clunk and some poems sing? How can we make a bad line sound good, and a good line sound great? Why do sound and sense seem so intimately connected in poetry? In this workshop, Don Paterson will discuss some of the basic tools we need to make poems sing their way into deeper sense and memorability, drawing on the masters of the singing line from Dickinson to Heaney. ...
16 Sep
10:00 am - 12:30 am
Online (Zoom)
November 2024

Small group intensive poetry feedback workshops

Monthly online poetry feedback session to polish your poems. How do you make a good poems really good?  Join a high quality online poetry feedback group to focus on honing your poetry. Receive encouragement, inspiration and constructive feedback, and get your poems ready for submission. ...
01 Nov
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