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Apart Together: Poetry Writing Workshop with Suzannah Evans

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Don’t Look Back: Writing the Future (Wednesday 25th August)

What does the future look like to you? The human imagination is a perfectly adapted future simulator and in this workshop we'll be harnessing our future anxieties in the form of poems - making predictions, looking ahead and speculating on futures both utopian and dystopian, and thinking about how we might survive them, poetically or otherwise.

Many Things at Once: Writing Poetry Sequences

Poetry sequences can do many things; chronicle our obsessions, create taxonomies or guides to unknown places, and hold multiple possibilities or outcomes at the same time. They can also take many forms; page-length, book-length and somewhere in between. In this workshop we will read poetry sequences and examine the things that they can achieve, and make a start on a sequence of our own.

A Poetry Map: Writing Places

Our places are special to us; over the years we accrue memories, stories, facts and histories that give significance and meaning to the corner shop or the park bench. A writer can be a cartographer in their own way, taking note of the landscape and its many layers. In this workshop our writing exercises will encourage us to look beyond the expected, up trees and down drains, to put our own poetic maps on paper.

About Suzannah Evans

Suzannah Evans lives in Sheffield. Her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition and her debut collection Near Future was published by Nine Arches Press in 2018. She works as assistant editor for the Poetry Business. She was the winner of a Gladstone’s Library residency in October 2019 for Near Future, and her poem ‘Helpline’ has been Poem of the Week on The Guardian.

About these Workshops

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 an email from The Poetry Business before the workshop with 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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