I’m lucky enough to live in village with a library. Since moving to Hadleigh in 2013, my daughter and I have spent lots of time there. The library offers many services, including family art and craft days on a Sunday, cinema experiences, a well-organised Summer Reading Challenge and events with local authors. I’ve been thinking for a while about how I could use the space, and offer something to the surrounding community.
I have taught creative writing at all levels, in a variety of settings, at universities, schools, literary festivals, as well as working with bigger organisations such as The Arvon Foundation. I meet people from all across the country who want to write, and I enjoy that very much. I’m discovering that Suffolk is home to thriving creative communities. I have been to many literary events and have been welcomed by several creative organisations since moving back to East Anglia. I’ve also met lots of people who write poetry.
In 2017, I will tutor a poetry writing course at my local library in Hadleigh, Suffolk. Beginning on January 18th, it will run every Wednesday evening, for ten weeks, ending on March 29th. Aimed at intermediate level, I would like to keep the numbers small, with ten writers, so we can work closely as a group. If enough people are interested, I’m looking forward to establishing a weekly slot for writers, where new work can be created, shared and encouraged.
I will be spreading the word locally, but if you know of anyone who may be interested in the region, do pass this information on, thank you. More details about my teaching experience can be found here. More information about the course can be found below.
Writing Poetry – a new course, with tutor Rebecca Goss
Do you write poetry? Would you like to write and work in a positive, constructive atmosphere, enabling you to develop your poetry writing skills? This 10-week course, run by award-winning poet Rebecca Goss, is an opportunity to see your poetry writing progress.
The course will provide:
- stimulating writing workshops designed to create new work
- concentrated time for writing
- development of editing and drafting techniques
- a chance to explore and learn from the work of contemporary writers
- the opportunity to share work with others, helping to develop your critical skills
- regular feedback on your work
- information and discussion of the contemporary poetry scene and routes into publication
Dates: January 18th 2017 – March 29th 2017 (no class Feb 15th)
Time: Wednesdays 6.30-9.00pm
Location: Hadleigh Library, 29 High Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk, IP7 5SD.
Cost: £375.00 For registration/more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About the tutor: Rebecca Goss’s first collection The Anatomy of Structures was published by Flambard Press in 2010. Her second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House), was shortlisted for The 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, The Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 and The Portico Prize for Literature 2015. It was winner of the Poetry Category in The 2013 East Anglian Book Awards. In 2014 Rebecca was selected for The Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets.