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.

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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

Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/BKHRS

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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Poetry workshop in Fremantle! The semantics of silence: writing poems that breathe. 28 April 2018

Poetry workshop in Fremantle! Come and write with me.

scene of silence for poetry workshop in Fremantle

Poetry is made of words, but that’s only half the story. Poets compose with silences, too. The pauses in a poem let it breathe and come alive. Explore the uses of silence through writing experiments and examples in a supportive, encouraging setting. Everyone is welcome, from old hands to beginners. Please bring pen and paper.

Saturday 28 April 2018
1:30-4pm
Fremantle Arts Centre
Presented by Jackson for Out of the Asylum Writers Group (OOTA).
Cost: $30 members, $35 non-members.
Book today by emailing Marlish Glorie, marlish at westnet dot com dot au.
OOTA’s workshops are very popular, and places are limited. Bookings are essential.

Writing Powerful Poetry workshop 22 April with Jackson — book now

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A rare opportunity to experience a poetry workshop with Jackson. Learn how to express emotions in your poems. See how great poets manipulate words to make magic and mystery. Find out how form creates feeling. We’ll read and discuss a selection of published poems, and get inspired to write your own. Whether you’re a curious beginner or already well-versed, you’re sure to have fun. Don’t forget your writing materials!

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Sat 22 April 2017
1:30-4:30pm
At Peter Cowan Writers Centre.
Skype participation is available.
$38 members, $48 non-members.

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