We can all write poetry!
This course is shortly coming to a close in mid-July. It’s had a lovely mix of students attending and ably led once again by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh.
It’s a course is all about individuals exploring their relationship to poetry and the process of writing it. Wendy believes that poetry is something that comes quite naturally to all of us. Through reading lots of great poetry, and participating in some fun, accessible writing exercises – writers soon find that despite whatever ideas they might have had to the contrary, writing poetry can be enjoyable and easy. By the end of the course her participants will have a built up a tool-kit of useful writing skills and a knowledge of simple poetic techniques, so that they can develop ideas, draft and finish a poem for themselves.
Wendy often works in this way with her writing students – breaking the process down and making it accessible and a joy to take part in. Last week some of the students found themselves sitting on the floor creating a first draft of a poem by rearranging strips of paper, each with lines already freely written by them. They’d underlined the parts of their original text they liked the best, wrote them out again and cut them up into strips. Then they had fun reordering their words, until they ended up with a first draft. All this assisted by cup-cakes and muffins!