The Salon: Developing Your Poems The Salon: Developing Your Poems The Salon: Developing Your Poems

The Salon: Developing Your Poems

Join Richard Scott and Maurice Riordan for this twelve-week intermediate course – find new paths for your work, broaden your understanding of the craft and meet a group of supportive, like-minded poets.

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12 weeks
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Deepen your knowledge and create new work

At the heart of this lively and energetic course is the writing and sharing of new work. In weekly two-hour sessions, you’ll be creatively challenged to break free of your comfort zones.

You will be writing new poems each week with the expectation that you will broaden your techniques and intensify your poetic ambitions. Through the close reading and discussion of key texts, you’ll also be pushed towards a more rewarding way of reading and engaging with classic modern poetry.

Is this the right course for me?

This is an intermediate poetry course, which will work best for students who have already begun writing poetry, or who work professionally in another writing field and are looking to turn their hand to poetry.

During workshop sessions, you'll be discussing your own poetry, and learning how to talk about each other's work, bringing out the areas you want to concentrate on and the areas which need work.

The course will consist of nine two-hour Zoom group classes. Each class will include fifteen/twenty minutes of guided writing time with prompts, or alternatively, a take-home writing exercise.

As part of the course, you’ll also receive two thirty-minute tutorials, and two set texts – Look We Have Coming to Dover! by Daljit Nagra and Dear Boy by Emily Berry – will be discussed during classes, with guest sessions led by both of the authors.

Beyond amazing. The quality of the teaching was outstanding.

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It was just brilliant. […] I finished the course feeling very, very excited to begin finding my way in the world of poetry.

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Interesting, diverse, authoritative and thought provoking.

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I found it truly inspiring. It was varied and [the] tutors provided useful balance and contrast. I felt lucky to be a part of it.

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It was not just about poetry. It was about everything! Art, life, living, truth.

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Beyond amazing. The quality of the teaching was outstanding.

    This course takes place on Thursday evenings on Zoom, running from 19.00 until 21.00.

Course Programme

Session 1

Thursday 19 January, 19.00–21.00

Introductions with Maurice & Richa...

Session 2

27 January, 19.00–21.00

Self-portraiture and Objects with ...

Session 3

2 February, 19.00–21.00

Trivial Pursuits with Maurice...

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Course Programme

The Salon: Developing Your Poems

Session 1

Thursday 19 January, 19.00–21.00

Introductions with Maurice & Richard, then Rapidity and Concision with Maurice

How to use language on a higher plane than in prose, thereby achieving a vigorous lyric style. We analyse examples of imaginative language in Sylvia Plath, Stevie Smith, Les Murray, and more. An exercise on riddling and metaphor.

Session 2

26 January, 19.00–21.00

Self-portraiture and Objects with Richard

'No ideas but in things,’ but what ideas and which objects? Starting with William Carlos Williams, this session will examine the art of writing about oneself through the prism of a concrete object.

Session 3

2 February, 19.00–21.00

Trivial Pursuits with Maurice

How to write a poem on the spot – or appear to! We look at poems where one’s intimate world intersects with the public sphere of history or celebrity, in poems by Paul Muldoon, Kathryn Maris and Frank O’Hara. An exercise on writing a ‘lunch’ poem.

Session 4

9 February, 19.00–21.00

Drafting and Editing with Richard

Is a poem ever finished? And how do we know when it's ready? By examining first and last drafts together, we will explore our own process and tap into the possibilities hidden within our work.

Session 5

16 February, 19.00–21.00

One-to-ones with Maurice & Richard

While not in one-to-ones, the class will discuss the set text, in advance of the guest session next week.

Session 6

23 February, 19.00–21.00

Liquid Engineering with Maurice

How can syntax and lineation give a poem impetus and momentum? We look at how poets, such as Michael Longley and Emily Berry, use sentences variously to powerful effect. Exercise on writing a one-sentence poem.

Session 7

2 March, 19.00–21.00

Guest Session with Daljit Nagra

A guest session led by the author of the course's first set text, Daljit Nagra's Look We Have Coming to Dover!.

Session 8

9 March, 19.00–21.00

Contemporary Edge with Maurice

What styles and techniques have achieved success in recent years? And how do they relate to older models? We look at centos, pastiche, ‘golden shovels’, glosas. Exercise on interacting with a ‘classic’ poem.

Session 9

16 March, 19.00–21.00

Confessionalism and Masks with Richard

Exactly what is confessional poetry? And how might this paradoxical term and group of notorious poets guide us today? Looking at the masks we might wear when writing poetry, this session will explore our confessional lineage and our post-confessional future.

Session 10

23 March, 19.00–21.00

One-to-ones with Maurice & Richard

While not in one-to-ones, the class will discuss the set text, in advance of the guest session next week.

Session 11

30 March, 19.00–21.00

The Art of Description with Richard

Fine-tune your descriptive writing by channelling your inner scientist! Using poems by George Herbert, Elizabeth Bishop and Mark Doty as models, this session will guide you through the careful and detailed art of describing in a poem.

Session 12

6 April, 19.00–21.00

Guest Session with Emily Berry

A guest session led by the author of the course's second set text, Emily Berry's Dear Boy.

Tutors

maurice-riordan

Maurice Riordan

Maurice Riordan was born in Co. Cork. His first book, A Word from the Loki (1995), was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize...

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Maurice Riordan
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Richard Scott

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem...

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Richard Scott
daljit-nagra

Guest Tutor

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra has published four poetry collections with Faber & Faber. He has won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem...

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Daljit Nagra
Emily Berry

Guest Tutor

Emily Berry

Emily Berry’s first book of poems is Dear Boy, which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize....

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Emily Berry

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