The Poetry Workshop with Mark Tredinnick

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A poem is a sculpture of voice. It’s what a poet’s heart says to her mind, and her voice finds a body for. Each good poem is a shapely god; keeping its own secrets, it tells us our own.

Poetry, in a sense, is what happens—to the writer and the reader—when we insist on more from language than we do in daily life and prose.

A thing—an idea, an experience, a love, a loss, a place on earth—said and known poetically is known more deeply and adequately than it can be known in any other form of expression. Poetry is an ancient and persistent way of getting things said; more than that, it is a way of seeing the world and being in it.

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:

discover what goes on inside a poem, how to make your writing sing and how to see and write your life more fully
unpack some fine poems that may show you how to write your own with more grace
write poems in new ways
utilise the insightful feedback received on your work
practise the techniques that poets, through the ages, employ to wake your language and your lives more fully to the facts and mysteries of existence
employ some forms, tricks and devices to attend more closely to your language and turn out poems more likely to satisfy yourself and find your way to publication.
The workshop is suitable for beginning poets as well as writers who’ve written some poems but are looking for guidance in craft and technique. It is for everyone curious about poetry (and literature in general).

The workshop is especially useful to English teachers looking for insights to guide their own teaching of poetry and creative writing.

MARK TREDINNICK—the author of The Little Red Writing Book, The Little Black Book of Business Writing, Almost Everything I Know, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and a dozen other works of poetry and prose—is a celebrated poet, essayist, and writing teacher. His bestselling books on the writing craft are used in schools and university writing programs and have inspired a generation of writers. His many honours include the Montreal and Cardiff Poetry Prizes, The Blake and Newcastle Poetry Prizes, two Premiers’ Literature Awards, and the Calibre Essay Prize. The Blue Plateau, his landscape memoir, shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize. Sir Andrew Motion has said of Mark’s work: “His is a bold, big-thinking poetry, in which ancient themes (especially the theme of or human relationship with landscape) are recast and rekindled.”

Two new collections of poetry, Walking Underwater and The Beginner’s Guide appear in 2019, and Mark is at work on Reading Slowly at the End of Time, a memoir of a reading life.

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