Apart Together: Writing Poems with Sarah Fletcher

Apart Together: Writing Poems with Sarah Fletcher

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Apart Together: Braving The Elements - Writing Poems with Sarah Fletcher

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Braving The Elements

Robert Frost famously mused “Some say the world will end in fire,/Some say in ice”; 17th century poet Anne Bradstreet imagined that “The Fire, Air, Earth and Water did contest/Which was the strongest, noblest and the best”.

Elements have always captured the imagination of writers. Indeed, the best poems have an elemental quality to them: they set one’s mind on fire, or shock them like a bucket of ice water over the head. But how can we utilise their power in a world that seems increasingly distant from its rudimentary building blocks?

In this workshop, we will explore how we can take inspiration from the elements to ignite our poems. Can we write a poem that starts as water and transitions into ice? How about a poem that burrows deeper in the Earth as it reaches its climax?

From John Milton to Elizabeth Bishop, we will read, discuss, and write ways we can play with elements through poems.

About `Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher is an American-British writer currently researching a PhD on pain and language in Aberystwyth. Her poems have appeared in The White Review, Poetry London, Poetry Review and other publications. Caviar is her third pamphlet. Her first full-length collection PLUS ULTRA is to be published in 2023.

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).

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Someone from The Poetry Business team will be on hand prior to each workshop to offer additional help 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 or who are experiencing financial hardship. If you would like to apply for one of these bursary places, please contact jack@poetrybusiness.co.uk


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