Verve isn’t just about showcasing the best of the best of UK poetry. We want the festival to be a creative, welcoming space for writers of all ages and levels to be inspired to take their poetry further. That’s why we’re offering workshops and masterclasses to help you do just that.
Maybe you’ve been scribbling verse in secret. Maybe you’ve been writing for a while but find yourself craving inspiration and structured feedback. Maybe you’re an established poet that wants to work with other brilliant poets. Maybe one of your 2017 resolutions is to dedicate more time to your own writing. Whatever your reason, you’ve come to the right place.
Our workshops with Sarah Howe, Katrina Naomi and Kim Moore may have sold out already but there’s still time to grab tickets for five other fantastic workshops. Whichever workshop(s) you attend, we promise you they will open your brain to new ways of thinking about poetry, writing, editing, performing and the entire creative process. You’ll find new approaches to coming up with ideas and learn from the best working poets how to improve your poems and style in a friendly environment. All workshops and masterclasses are just £15 (£10 concession). Buy your tickets here.
This masterclass packs two in one. Join award-winning writers Anthony Anaxagorou and Sabrina Mahfouz for a two part workshop. The first part is all about delving deep into your imagination to write heartfelt poetry with literary technique. The second part focuses on performance, and is perfect for those who want to learn how to be calm and confident when reading poetry. Two poets, two workshops, two hours – all just for £15/£10.
Clive Birnie/Burning Eye Books Workshop
Poetry and technology are fundamentally opposed, right? Every poet starts with a blank notepad and a fancy fountain pen, right? Nope. In this unique workshop with Clive Birnie, Editor in Chief of Burning Eye Books, you’ll use your smartphone to unlock creativity and explore the magical intersection where page and performance, digital and analogue connect. Using techniques like cut up and montage, you’ll walk away with brand new tools for the modern day poet.
Come Rhyme With Me Masterclass
If you’ve always wanted to stand up and perform your poetry with confidence, this is absolutely the workshop for you. Work with renowned poets Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger to craft your writing and learn the key skills you need to own the stage. With only 20 places available, this is a fantastic opportunity to invest in your own development as a poet and performer.
Jane Commane Workshop: Editing for Publication
Once you’ve written poems you’re happy with (perhaps in our previous sessions!) take them along to this workshop. Jane Commane, editor of the formidable Nine Arches Press and Under the Radar magazine, will give you invaluable guidance on why titles and line breaks matter, among other topics. For only £15, benefit from Jane’s razor sharp eye and warm, insightful editing style. Perfect for poets of all levels, this workshop is packed with essential advice on how redraft and polish your poetry for publication.
Melissa Lee-Houghton Workshop (SOLD OUT)
Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to workshop with a ground-breaking poet who has been shortlisted for both the Forward Prizes and Costa awards. In this two hour workshop, Melissa will help you explore how your writing is shaped, inhibited or enhanced by our concept of the reader. (Now sold out!)
Which workshop catches your eye? Don’t forget to book early and tell your friends, places are going very quickly.