Paul will be teaching a poetry course in Sheffield with co-tutor Frances Leviston in July. Writing as Re-Writing will run for all five Tuesday evenings in July 2012, from 6.30pm-9pm, at The Rude Shipyard, Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FE. The course is aimed at poets already committed to their work who are looking for a challenge. Details below.

Update 8/6/12: this course is now full!

Writing as Re-Writing: About the Course

Everyone knows re-writing is part of revision – but what role does it play in composing new work? On this course, we will consider the ways poets use existing texts to generate new poems of their own. In each workshop, we will look critically at canonical and contemporary poems, discuss key ideas and technical approaches to re-writing, and undertake writing exercises designed to generate new poems. By reflecting on exemplary poems and on the drafts you produce, we hope to lead you towards a deeper understanding of your work and its relationship to literature and tradition.

Tuesday 3rd July
Taking stories from literature, folklore or mythology and adapting them to your own purposes.

Tuesday 10th July
Creating new versions of poems from other languages (no foreign language skills required!)

Tuesday 17th July
Manipulating and combining existing texts to create new poems.

Tuesday 24th July
Writing poems that open up dialogue with the work of another poet.

Tuesday 31st July
Returning to your own earlier poems and using them as inspiration for new work.

Course Support

To keep up momentum between workshop sessions, participants will gain access to a private blog where they can comment on each other’s works in progress and discuss issues raised.

Course Cost and Sign-Up

The course costs £150, payable by cheque in advance. To sign up, please use the contact form to send me a brief explanation of your experience with poetry and one sample poem.

Course Tutors

Frances Leviston’s first book of poems, Public Dream, was published by Picador in 2007 and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her poems have appeared in the LRB, the TLS, The Times, the Guardian, and various anthologies. She works as a creative writing tutor for organisations including the Arvon Foundation, and reviews new poetry for the Guardian.

Paul Batchelor’s first book of poems, The Sinking Road, was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. His work has appeared in anthologies such as Identity Parade (2010) and The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry (2010). He has won the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition and the Times Stephen Spender Prize for Translation. He is a reviewer for the Guardian and the TLS, and a Poetry Book Society pamphlet selector.

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