Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Anam Cara Poetry Workshop retreat

More about the workshop: 

Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Writing Workshop 
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat
Arrival:  Saturday, 20 July 2013
Departure:  Saturday, 27 July 2013

Workshop topics:

  • What makes a poem work? Everyone is encouraged to bring a poem or two that they admire to the first session for group-discussion.
  • Imagery: Imagery is a reader's foothold into the world of the poem. We will look at how imagery works to build the foundations for an expressive piece of writing.
  • Perspective and Tone:  We will look at how poets use subtlety, nuance and persona to allow readers interpretation within the poem.
  • Metaphor and Simile: We will explore how to use metaphors to enliven and make the language of our poems more unusual. 
  • Ekphrasis:  From the Greek ek (out) and phrasis (speak), this form of poetry uses art, furniture, or any inanimate object as inspiration.
  • Storytelling: The Irish poetic tradition is rich in narrative and we will explore how stories work within the context of the poem.
  • Rhythm and Form:  We will look at not just the ways we use rhythm and form in poetry, but also how we can lend our ear to the music within free verse, becoming more sensitive to the words we choose.
  • Revision and Editing: When are poems finished? How do you know when to let go? We will also be discussing competitions, publishing and how best to show your work to the wider world. 

Leanne's Bio:

Leanne O'Sullivan comes from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and is the author of three poetry collections, published by Bloodaxe Books -- Waiting for My Clothes (2004), Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009) and The Mining Road (2013).  She has been the recipient of several awards, most recently the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award (2009, nominated by Michael Longley), The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature (2010), The Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry (2011), and the UCC Alumni Achievement Award (2012).

Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Workshop retreat is limited to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 participants on a first-deposit-in basis.  For more information and/or bookings, please contact Sue at anamcararetreat@gmail.com.

If you would like more information on retreating to Anam Cara to work on your own project at a time during the year that would fit your schedule, again contact Sue at anamcararetreat@gmail.com

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