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

Explore 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.

We’ll look at techniques from the Surrealist and OuLiPo movements and beyond: automatic writing writing that aims to bypass the conscious mind; the ‘eyeball kick’ cut-up, which juxtaposes images in unexpected ways; ‘N+7’, in which every noun in a text is replaced by the noun seven places on in the dictionary; and the lipogram, where certain letters are deliberately omitted from a text. We’ll also explore using non-poetry texts such as adverts, instructions and RSVPS as starting points and scaffolding for new work.

Although traditional forms such as the sonnet also use constraint and rules,  in this workshop we’ll focus on more recently devised rules of procedure and structure. Featuring poetry by Etheridge Knight, Jackson MacLow, Christian Bök and Caroline Bird, this workshop will equip you with new tools for creative inspiration.

Timing and Cost

10am UK time // 5pm Perth Australia // 6.30pm Adelaide  // 6.30pm  Darwin // 7pm Brisbane //  Sydney 7pm

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Thursday 25th July

2.5 hours long

Cost £30 GBP (with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)

Online on Zoom – these masterclasses are small groups, maximum 23 – one screen.

About Kate Potts

Kate Potts’ second collection Feral (Bloodaxe, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and a Telegraph poetry book of the month. Her debut pamphlet Whichever Music (tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. Pretenders, an Arts Council funded multi-voice poem focusing on imposter syndrome, will be published in 2025.

Kate teaches for Middlesex University and works as a freelance educator, mentor and editor. She lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with her son.

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Jul 25 2024


10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 25 2024
  • Time: 5:00 am - 7:30 am




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