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Writing Poetry from the Archives

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Library shelves

Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, one day

Indicative maximum class size: 15

This course introduces you to the ways in which your local archives can be used in creating new poetry and developing your writing technique.

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Course Date

27th January 2018

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Course Description

On this course there’ll be structured activities on writing poetry, with short reading and writing activities in a supportive and lively workshop environment.

The emphasis is on creating new ideas for poems to add to your portfolio. It’s ideal for beginners as well as poets with some experience who are seeking publication.

On this course you will:

  • identify different ways to use archives in writing poetry
  • explore the issues surrounding use of archival material
  • use a variety of techniques and stimuli to produce new poetry
  • effectively and supportively give feedback to other writers.

What will I gain?

By the end of the day you’ll have stimulated your own writing and been helped to develop new work.

Tutor profile: Jo Dixon is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University and a practice-led PhD candidate.

Her poems have appeared in New Walk, The Interpreter's House and Furies: A Poetry Anthology of Women Warriors (For Books’ Sake). In April 2016, her poem ‘Skegness Wake’ was commended in the Writing East Midlands inaugural poetry competition.

Her debut poetry pamphlet: A Woman in the Queue, was published by Melos Press in May 2016. Currently, she is working on poetry projects with St Ann’s Allotments in Nottingham.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813