This two-day poetry course at the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, delivered by the award-winning poet Martin Dyar, is intended for writers working in all genres, and at all levels. It will include an exploration of technique and subject matter, with an emphasis on narrative, lyricism, feeling, diction, clarity, metre and rhythm. Additionally, this course will emphasise the enjoyment of poems, the ways poetry can inform and enhance our relationship with language, its role in making sense of human experience, and the imaginative basis of poetry itself. Individual classes will combine the reading and exploration of a selection of poems and poets with a series of facilitated exercises through which participants will begin to draft and develop new poems of their own. In addition to one-to-one feedback opportunities, the weekend will comprise three short modules: ‘Telling Stories with Poems’; ‘Voice, place and poetic feeling’; and ‘Poems about illness and healthcare’.
Three samples of writing must be included with applications for this workshop.