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Apart Together: Poetry Writing Workshop with Kathryn Simmonds

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Digital poetry writing workshop with Kathryn Simmonds

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Hearing Voices (Tues 5th October)

Not all poetic voices gain their flavour from the source of personality, a singular identity responding to experience. – Tony Hoagland (The Art of Poetic Voice)

If you’ve been in your home talking to yourself for too long, perhaps it’s time you heard your voice differently, or introduced other voices to the mix?

In this workshop, we’ll take inspiration from Tony Hoagland’s 2019 handbook, ‘The Art of Voice’ and experiment with some ways of hearing – and writing – new poems. Play with identity and intent, try sneaking in speakers from your family, or riff on favourite phrases. What if that plant in the garden wants to say something too..? Sharpen your pencils and get ready to listen.

Only Make! (Weds 18th August and Weds 8th December)

‘Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.’ (from The Rules of Sister Corita Kent)

In this workshop we’re going to make poems. We won’t worry too much about our process or technique, we’ll just find ways to free ourselves up and write. We might make a mess, we might make wonders – it doesn’t matter – our job is to get words on paper; to make. And we’ll take inspiration from what other poets have made too.

About Kathryn Simmonds

Kathryn Simmonds has published two collections of poetry and a pamphlet. Recent poems have appeared in The New Statesman, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review and Wild Court. She has written for Radio 4 and taught courses for The Poetry School and Oxford University Cont. Ed.

About the Workshop

These workshops will be conducted via Zoom. We have put together this simple 'How To' document to help you download Zoom, join a meeting, and navigate around the meeting features (such as adjusting video and audio, uploading files, and sharing screens).

You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite with your ticket and the Zoom invitation, containing the meeting link and Meeting ID & Password.

Someone from The Poetry Business team will be on hand prior to each workshop to offer additional help over the phone in getting connected.

There is usually a lot of interest in our workshops: in the interest of fairness, please limit yourself to one workshop ticket in every two week period.

Bursary Spaces

There are two bursary spaces available per workshop for writers from groups that are under-represented in contemporary poetry (for instance because of ethnic background) or who are experiencing financial hardship. If you would like to apply for one of these bursary places, please contact office@poetrybusiness.co.uk


  • If you no longer wish to attend the workshop please let us know by emailing us.
  • We will need 3 working days' notice before the workshop starts in order to offer a full refund.
  • Though we will do all we can to help you get set up with the technology it is the participants' responsibility to ensure that their camera, microphone and other computer settings are configured correctly. Please contact us if you are concerned about getting set up for Zoom.
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The Poetry Business is a poetry publisher and writer development agency.

We publish books, pamphlets, audio and eBooks under the Smith|Doorstop imprint; edit a literary magazine, The North; and run Writing Days, masterclasses, residential courses, and a Writing School for published poets. We also run the annual International Book & Pamphlet Competition and New Poets Prize.



Our poets have won or been shortlisted for almost every major poetry prize, including the Forward Prize on 11 occasions and 10 Poetry Book Society awards, and Smith|Doorstop Books was shortlisted for the 2011 Michael Marks Award. Andrew Motion described The Poetry Business as "one of the most vital and vitalising literary organisations in the country".

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