Online poetry workshops with Jackson — I’m calling for expressions of interest

If you’re interested in doing online poetry workshops with me, please express your interest. This will help me choose a time and decide what to focus on. It will take only 5 or 10 minutes, and your details will not be shared or used for marketing.

The workshops will include a little reading and discussion, a lot of writing, and some critiquing. Rather than focusing on a theme, I’m more inclined to delve into the craft of writing poetry so that everyone can grow their skills and apply them to writing about whatever they want. It’s also useful — and enjoyable — to look at a broad range of published poems to get inspiration for writing our own.

If the participants are mostly fairly new to poetry, we will focus on technical skills such as diction (choice of words), line break, punctuation, assonance, rhyme, or rhythm. If people are more experienced the focus can be broader — for example, we might cover editing and critiquing techniques, expressing powerful emotions, or making poems memorable.

Personally, I hate workshops where the leader talks and talks! so I prefer to ask questions, get the participants to contribute their own knowledge, then fill in anything that was missed.

I always begin by setting some guidelines (most importantly, no “good/bad poem” judgments, no As or Ds!) and having everyone briefly introduce themselves. This helps frame a safe, equitable, creatively free space where everyone feels valued and included and no-one feels unduly pressured.

There will be a maximum of 10 participants. The cost will be $150 ($125 concession) for five one-and-a-half-hour Zoom sessions, one per week for five weeks.

If you’re interested, please let me know. Your details will not be shared or used for marketing. The workshops will not go ahead unless enough people express interest.

A typical online poetry workshop!

Poets Corner online 25 October 2020 features Jackson and Sean M Whelan

Poetry reading with people listening attentively

Poets Corner (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia) have kindly invited me to share some poems in October alongside their poet laureate Sean M Whelan.
Plus open mike. Free online event.
Sunday 25 October 2020.
Zoom in from 4-6pm UTC+08 (Perth time) or 7-9pm Melbourne time.
I’m on from 4:30 to 4:45 in Perth, or 7:30 to 7:45 in Melbourne.
To get the Zoom link, email Jai at picklepoetry at outlook dot com
More info on Facebook here

When Things Change: Jackson at Perth Poetry Festival 2020

When Things Change: OOTA Poets

Things have changed, and this event is now at Moana Hall, upstairs 618 Hay Street.
Sunday 20 September
2-4pm (I’m on first, so be early!)
Cash bar available
Queries: OOTA on Facebook or ootawriters at gmail dot com.

  • Jackson
  • Rita Tognini
  • Yvonne Patterson
  • Laurie Smith
  • Rose Van Son
  • Kevin Gillam
  • Gail Willems
  • Fran Graham
  • Vivienne Glance
  • Tineke Van der Eecken

Poetry workshop in Perth: “Writing for the Ear” 25 July 2020

Writing for the Ear Poetry Workshop 25 July with Jackson. Don't miss out -- book now. Click to book.

Poetry workshop in Perth: Writing for the Ear

A rare opportunity to write with me!

10:30am-1:30pm, 25 July 2020
WA Poets Inc (WAPI), Bon Marche Arcade, 74-80 Barrack Street, Perth 6000
$20 for WAPI members, $25 non-members
Limit of 18 people.
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Thomas Campion (1567-1620) said that poetry is “a system of linked sounds”. Dylan Thomas said he wrote for the ear, rather than the eye. By example, discussion and experiment, we will discover how contemporary poets use the music of language to affect the reader’s consciousness.

  • Different kinds of pause and silence
  • Types of line break and their effects
  • Consonance, assonance and rhyme, and their effects
  • An introduction to the principles underlying rhythm and cadence in English-language poetry

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COVID-19 safety procedures in place:

  • Attendance limit: 18
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Venue cleaned prior to event
  • Venue set up to maximise social distancing
  • Coffee/tea available in paper cups, or bring your own cup/drink
  • List of attendants kept through TryBooking , in the event of contact tracing being necessary

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