At the 4th Festival of Suffolk Poetry there will be three workshops running concurrently, so each person can only attend one workshop. The workshops begin at 10:00 and finish at 12:30. The three workshops are:
- Poetry and Music / Gregory Warren Wilson
- Using Cinematic Techniques to Improve your Poetry / Derek Adams
- How to Get Your Poems Published / Antony Johae
POETRY AND MUSIC / Gregory Warren Wilson
Poetry and music have a great deal in common — after all, they are capable of moving us. But how does a poem, which takes us beyond the meaning of the words, actually do this?
In this workshop we will be considering some of the ways in which a poem can be more (or less) musical, and looking at the resources poetry shares with music: sound, rhythm, phrase-lengths, and the cadence of the poem. Above all, what makes a poem lift off the page, and why do we remember poems that do?
Time will be given to kickstart exercises, and to new writing.
Poets of all levels are welcome.
USING CINEMATIC TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE YOUR POETRY / Derek Adams
We are always being told show don’t tell, film directors are experts at telling stories by showing, so what can we learn from them to improve our poetry? In this workshop we will look at techniques used by film-makers and use writing exercises based on them to write poems.
HOW TO GET YOUR POEMS PUBLISHED / Antony Johae
Many write poems but do not send them out to be published in print magazines or online. The workshop is designed to assist poets develop strategies for submitting their work.
The focus will be on the publication of one or more individual poems rather than on the publication of a collection.
Two weeks before the workshop, participants will be invited to send a poem to the facilitator for advice on which magazine or ezine (online publication) they would be recommended to send their poems. They will be asked to bring copies to the workshop for distribution to the participants.
The workshop will be composed of six elements:
- Research, reading, and subscribing.
- Recording submissions.
- Recording published poems.
- Creating a network.
- Reading of participants’ poems and advice on where to submit.
In order to avoid the need for taking copious notes, participants will be advised that a four-page summary of the workshop will be distributed at the end of the session.
A selection of print poetry magazines will be provided at the workshop. These will be offered to participants gratis.