Category Archives: Creative Writing Courses

reading and writing poetry

Starts: 10.30-11.30am Mon 19th Oct

Ends: 10.30-11.30am Mon 21st Dec

Cost: £50

Rediscover your love of poetry!

…Or maybe you’re looking to find it.

This ten-week course is aimed at people who want to read, write and discuss poetry with a group of friendly, like-minded individuals.

The sessions are delivered via Zoom, which allows everyone to easily share their work on the screen as well as take turns to ask questions and share thoughts about the chosen poems. Feedback is available for those who would like it.

Beginners and experienced writers are equally welcome. I have deliberately chosen poems which are accessible to all as well as being linguistically rich and open to a number of different interpretations.

Each week, read the poem in advance and print out a copy. Try to think of a comment to make or question to ask. It’s particularly lovely when people do a little research into the poem or poet and helps enrich our discussions. After twenty minutes discussion, everyone will write a short piece which can either be shared straight-away or worked on before the next session.

On weeks five and ten all participants can choose to read a short published poem as well as one of their own pieces. The poem can be selected from any time period and can take any form you wish. (Aim for sixteen lines or fewer so that everyone gets a turn).

The course costs £50 for ten one-hour sessions and is payable by direct debit. If you email me your mobile phone number, I can text you my bank details.

For more information, email suffolkwritersgroup@gmail.com.

Or phone me on 07943 068033 (I’m Mai – pronounced May)

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Suffolk Writers Group at work and play. (I’m in the middle at the top).

Here is some of the lovely feedback I received about the last course.

‘This course has been great fun giving me the experience to return to poetry and fully appreciate it.  When I was at school the teacher hated poetry so I never went back to it. I have learnt so much in a relaxed and informative way.  We were all at different levels but it did not matter everyone was so friendly.   Thank you Mai for a great experience.  I look forward to the next one.’ – Jacqui Martin

‘All I can say is thank goodness for lockdown. Without it I’d never have found this lovely group. Mai is great – I’ve learnt so much in such a short length of time.’ – Sue Dale

‘Brilliant insightful course, rediscovering the beauty of language.’ – Ian Speed

‘It’s such a supportive group and Mai does such a great job in keeping us motivated.’ – Ian Hartley

Poems for discussion and inspiration

Week One – Leisure by William Henry Davies

Week Two – He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W B Yeats

Week Three – Warning by Jenny Joseph

Week Four – The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Week Five – Members’ Choice

Week Six – Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

Week Seven – The Donkey by G K Chesterton

Week Eight – Snow by Louis McNeice

Week Nine – Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith

Week Ten – Members’ Choice

(All these poems can be accessed at PoemHunter.com.)

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Mai Black, Course Co-ordinator

Exploring nineteenth century poetry

During this ten-week course, we’ll be reading and discussing some of the most iconic British poems of the nineteenth century.

Beginning with Daffodils by William Wordsworth, each week will consist of a reading, a chance for everyone to share their ideas and a ten-minute slot for everyone to write a response to the poem. You can then choose whether or not to share your written work with the group.

You’ll learn (or revise) a variety of rhythms, rhyme schemes and poetic forms as well as getting a sense of what it meant to be a nineteenth century poet.

In the future, I will also be running similar courses based on seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth century poetry.

Currently, all courses are taking place on Zoom. I will be holding regular practice sessions so that you can get used to the system before signing up for a course.

The course costs £50 for ten one-hour sessions and is payable by direct debit or cheque.

I am intending to run this course from 10.30-11.30am on Thursdays, starting in early July but let me know if you can’t make that day/time as I currently have a degree of flexibility.

For more information, please email me at suffolkwritersgroup@gmail.com.

John Keats

Here is some of the lovely feedback I received about the last course.

‘This course has been great fun giving me the experience to return to poetry and fully appreciate it.  When I was at school the teacher hated poetry so I never went back to it. I have learnt so much in a relaxed and informative way.  We were all at different levels but it did not matter everyone was so friendly.   Thank you Mai for a great experience.  I look forward to the next one.’ – Jacqui Martin

‘All I can say is thank goodness for lockdown. Without it I’d never have found this lovely group. Mai is great – I’ve learnt so much in such a short length of time.’ – Sue Dale

‘Brilliant insightful course, rediscovering the beauty of language.’ – Ian Speed

‘It’s such a supportive group and Mai does such a great job in keeping us motivated.’ – Ian Hartley

Poems for Discussion and Inspiration

1807 – ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth 

1820 – Ode To Autumn by John Keats (27th April)

1842 – The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson

1850 – How Do I Love Thee?  – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(Own choice of poems)

1862 – Remember by Christina Rossetti

1871 – The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

1885 – From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson

1890 – The Lake Isle of Innisfree – WB Yeats

Own choice of poem and Poetry Quiz

Suffolk Writers Group at work and play

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