Workshops 2018

Surrounded by hundreds of books, pamphlets, magazines and chapbooks, you'll be inspired to start writing yourself.

Putting Together a Pamphlet
Workshop leader: Rachel Piercey
Time: 11.15am - 1.45pm
£35 (Poetry Society Members & Concessions £30)

The way we select, order and present our work can seriously impact the way an editor receives and reads it. In this workshop, we will discuss the art of assembling, formatting and submitting poems for a pamphlet, and then put it into action. Each participant will roughly order their own pamphlet, select sample poems to send, and create a pithy, unique description of their writing or project, designed to catch an editor’s attention. Please bring a notebook, two examples of pamphlets you think are particularly well-constructed, approximately 25 pages of poems (each poem on its own page or pages, if you’re bringing separate poems), and any questions you may have!

Rachel Piercey has edited dozens of pamphlets and anthologies for independent publisher the Emma Press, winner of the 2016 Michael Marks Award for Poetry Publishers. She has taught for The Poetry School and worked with The Poetry Society, Pop Up Projects, Southbank Centre and Poet in the City. Her own poems have been published in The Rialto, Magma, Poetry News, The Interpreter’s House and The Poetry Review and she has two pamphlets with the Emma Press.

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Get in the game: Building yourself a profile in poetry
Workshop leader: Rishi Dastidar
Time: 2.30 - 5pm
Fee: £35 (Poetry Society Members & Concessions £30)

All those poets whose poems you love reading – they all started somewhere. But where? If you’ve been writing for a while and are now ready to let your words out into the world, perhaps you’re wondering what the next steps are to find an audience and get them read.

To jump start your ascent to the top of Mount Poetry, join Rishi Dastidar in his practical session on how to get noticed with your poetic words. You won’t need anything special, just a notebook, pen and a desire to be a little more shameless than you may already be.

Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by Financial Times, New Scientist, Tate Modern and London’s Southbank Centre amongst many others. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published in the UK by Nine Arches Press, a poem from which was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018.

A fellow of The Complete Works, the Arts Council England funded programme for poets of colour, he is a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, and also a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective. He serves as chair of the London-based writer development organization Spread The Word, and teaches for the Poetry School.

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