This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Alison Chisholm, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work.
Alison runs 55 minute sessions in Edda Community Arts & Library, Liverpool Road, Southport PR8 3NE edda-arts.co.uk £40 for Poetry Society members, £50 for non-members. Book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881. Once your session is booked, you will be asked to send up to 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum, in advance, so that Alison has sufficient time to read your poems beforehand.
What they said
“As ever, everything was excellent. I’m so glad I just happened upon Alison, never having read her poetry before I met her. She is both a great communicator and extremely genuine person. Her advice is well worth taking and one receives honest critiques which help to concentrate on those aspects of one’s work which need scrutiny. I don’t doubt that I will be visiting her again before the year is out.” CF
“My session with Alison was inspirational. Alison’s joy in poetry – and her capacity to communicate its essential worthwhileness in a world that can overwhelm us with ideas and information – I found to be transformational. Her detailed commentary and suggestions about my work were clearly explained, insightful and I found them very helpful. I’d definitely recommend it.” RM
“I was delighted to see how to improve my attempts at poetry. Alison managed me well. The effect of a brain-damaging virus has resulted in memory difficulties for me. I had no memories of writing the poetry I found. It is my handwriting so it must have been me! Given this strange life experience, I find the previous me fascinating. Alison helped me understand how to regain my poetry writing abilities.” AW
Alison Chisholm has written eleven collections, six books on poetry writing including Crafting Poetry, and also the distance learning poetry course for The Writers Bureau. Her poems have won numerous competitions in Britain and America, and been broadcast on TV and radio. She has taught creative writing and poetry writing to adults since 1983, and has given workshops in schools and libraries, and at conferences in Britain and overseas, including The Writers’ Holiday, Fishguard, The Writers’ Summer School, and Relax and Write weekends. She is a regular columnist for Writing Magazine.