Poetry Discussion and Workshop – Ross Gillett
Monday 6th July
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Join in a discussion of some of the big issues facing us as writers and/or readers of poems, followed by a workshop led by poet and experienced poetry group convenor, Ross Gillett.
What role does the fictionalising imagination play in the development of a poem? What might be some of the essential characteristics of a real poem? How do we move forward with a poem that seems to have stalled? These along with other questions and statements by some of the best poets about the art of poetry will be explored in the first part of the evening.
The second part of the session will be an opportunity to workshop one or two of your poems-in-the-making, and to contribute to the feedback on the work of other participants. Ross is strongly committed to a supportive and positive approach to workshopping, believing that every draft has strengths that can be built on even if it has weaknesses that need to be addressed.
- New thoughts about the nature and function of poetry.
- An understanding of some ideas about the relationship between the imagination and the experience from which a poem draws it material.
- Some strategies for dealing with a draft that seems to have reached a dead end.
- Solutions to problems you may be facing in the work you submit for workshopping.
- An appreciation of the approaches taken and the issues faced by other participants in the session.
Date: 6th July
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: ONLINE – Zoom
Preparation: Send 1-2 poems to Ross via us no later than one week prior. If your poems are very short, you can send a bundle but Ross will select which ones to discuss during the Zoom.