Online Poetry Workshop with Peter Sirr
Pushing the Door Open: Ways into Poetry
Starts: Friday October 21st
Time: 11.00am – 12.30 pm
Duration: 4 weeks (October 21st & 28th, November 4th & 11th)
Course Level: Emerging
All remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT)
Summary: What makes a poem work? How do you add colour and interest to your language? What are the possibilities of form? These four online workshops will explore a variety of approaches to poetry. We will look at a range of published work and in the light of what we learn from that we’ll focus on poems by participants. The hope is that by the end participants, in addition to some workshopped poems, will have a sense of new possibilities and new ideas for future poems.
What to Expect: Participants, who will already have some experience in writing and publishing poems, will respond to existing poems and short in-class exercises, and will bring work to the table which they’d like to get feedback on, improve or develop in unexpected directions.
Course Outcomes: Writers will come away with a group of new and workshopped poems, and some new sources of inspiration.
Course Leader: Peter Sirr lives in Dublin. The Gallery Press has published his eleven poetry collections since Marginal Zones (1984), most recently The Gravity Wave (2019) which was a Poetry Society Recommendation and winner of the 2020 Farmgate Café National Poetry Award. In his recently published essays, Intimate City, he takes us wandering through the streets of Dublin, past and present, tracing old routes and discovering new ones. He has written plays for radio, a children’s book and criticism. He teaches literary translation in Trinity College and has led many workshops and mentoring sessions.