My next Introduction to Poetry six week course begins on the 8th June. I’m really looking forward to meeting a new group of aspiring poets – the creativity and positive nature of group work always energises me as a writer.
More info on the course content here:
Starts: Thur 8 June 2017
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 Members
This six-week course is ideal for beginner writers, or those who are new to poetry. We will explore different approaches to writing poetry, with the aim of building up a body of work. Participants will discuss image, metaphor, rhythm, sound, the shape of the poem on the page, and then be challenged to respond to a series of fun and inspiring exercises. Favourite poems will be shared as forms of inspiration. There will also be workshop elements for those who would like to share their work with the group.
Jessica Traynor is a poet and creative writing teacher from Dublin. She is the Museum Curator at Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum. Her first collection, Liffey Swim, was published by Dedalus Press and shortlisted for the 2015 Shine/Strong First Collection Award.
Interested? You can sign up here.
The Spring season of writing workshops is really getting into full swing now, and I’m delighted to have a few one-day courses coming up at Big Smoke Writing Factory.
These are great taster sessions for anyone who would like to get into creative writing, but who may not be quite ready to commit to a full-length course.
In April, I’ll be teaching an Introduction to Creative Writing on Saturday 1st and Beginning to Write Poetry on Saturday 8th. These great value courses run from 11-4, and I can guarantee a lot of fun, and a lot of writing.
Here’s an update about a poetry course I’m teaching this April alongside Dave Lordan at Big Smoke Writing Factory. Really looking forward to it.
I’ll be teaching a six week Beginning to Write Poetry course for Big Smoke Writing Factory, starting on the 6th November.
This is the perfect course for those who’ve been dabbling in poetry, and would like to take the next step. It’s also great for those who may have written poetry in the past and who’d like to get back into it. I really enjoyed giving a version of this class earlier this year and am looking forward to getting back into it.
More info and booking here: http://www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/Courses_btwpoetry.php
And if any of you are poetry fans, you might be interested to know that I’ve just launched my own collection of poetry, Liffey Swim. It’s available in Books Upstairs and also online from the Dedalus Press website:
Writing is by its very nature a solitary pursuit. It’s one of the things that I love about it; it gives me licence to spend what might otherwise be seen as an unhealthy amount of time inside my own head. However, community is important. While writing can be solitary, creativity is communal. You create work for other people to enjoy and so you have to make other people a part of your process (within reason and in a manner that works for you). When I was beginning to write seriously, I had the good fortune to be accepted onto the Creative Writing MA in UCD (this was also in the days when we were fortunate enough to have grants to cover college fees.) The Creative Writing MA didn’t magically turn me into a fully fledged writer, but it gave me the luxury of spending a year sharing my work and ideas with some extremely talented and supportive students and lecturers.
After the MA, I felt the lack of community and so I did a number of creative writing courses with different organisations. The quality varied, but I always found myself refreshed by taking part in these courses, and I found myself producing more and better work. After a few courses, I was lucky enough to be invited to become part of a small writing group with four other poets. We meet once monthly and share work – we’re tough but fair and we’re focused. It’s not a social outing, but a serious part of our work practice. I had a similar group during my time in Edinburgh, and I wouldn’t be without it now.
Now I’ve got to the point where I’m teaching my own poetry course for beginners, through Big Smoke Writing Factory. I’m really excited about experiencing the atmosphere of possibility that seems to be magically invoked by getting a group of people who want to share their creative ideas in a room together. I’m also intrigued by the challenge of having to scrutinise my own approaches to poetry; to define and discuss the sources of my own inspiration. I’m hoping to be surprised by the subject matter and range of the poetry I read, and hoping to offer people some challenges and inspiration in return.
Now, at the end of the blog noodling, the plug: My six week Beginning to Write Poetry course starts on 3rd February at Big Smoke Writing Factory’s brilliant new premises in Temple Bar. Anyone who’s interested is more than welcome and can sign up at the link below, as I believe we have a few places left.
My new poetry and playwriting courses are kicking off next week in Big Smoke Writing Factory’s new premises in Temple Bar. Sign up if you want to kickstart your creativity in the new year – I can promise good fun, great value and a supportive atmosphere in which to develop your writing skills.
Info and bookings below:
Beginning To Write Poetry (6 weeks – €150)
MONDAYS, starting 20th January 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Write The Play – Fundamentals (8 weeks – €200)
THURSDAYS, starting 23rd January 2014, 7pm-9pm
…or you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information about course content.
Here are some testimonials from previous participants to give you a flavour of the atmosphere of the courses. If any of you recognise your own words, thanks again!
“A brilliant course. Compact and practical (just what I wanted) but with enough room to explore individual participant’s writing. Jessica is very generous with her time and feedback and the reading examples were spot on. I would highly recommend this course as an excellent way to start writing that play you have in mind!”
“A great course. Brilliant notes and Jessica was very generous with her time and knowledge. There was also a lovely atmosphere and our little group enjoyed lots of tea & chocolate biscuits to fuel the creativity!!”
“Really enjoyed and learned so much from doing this course. Jessica is very generous with her time, knowledge and feedback and makes writing that play much less daunting. An equally lovely and sharing group of people was the cherry on top.”
“A great course, Jessica’s enthusiasm was contagious! It opened me up to other styles of play-writing, some great choices of writing. It has given me the motivation and confidence to get going and keep going until the play is complete!”