The Maritime Poetry Workshop is a eight week course at the Maritime Museum of BC that provides poets space to tackle writer’s block, explore new forms of poetry, and share creative and editorial talents with fellow practitioners. Participants will cultivate the tools and discipline to hone their craft, along with a thriving poetry community that nurtures this creative pursuit.

 

Structure

This eight week creative writing workshop series is a collaborative, community-forming space where individuals are free to explore new writing styles, genres and forms. Participants can expect to receive in-depth feedback on their work along with practical advice regarding the process of submitting to literary journals and magazines. Each class (maximum of 15 students) will begin with a topical group discussion of  an element of the craft, as demonstrated in contemporary and canonical work, for which there may be light reading assigned the week prior. Whether participants would like to work on a manuscript, need help with a project, or simply need an excuse to get back into the rhythm of writing, this workshop will provide the inspiration and structure to further their practice.

 

Learning Objectives

  • To become competent at reading, assessing, and editing work through the lens of a writer, rather than a critic or an academic.
  • To build upon and expand the tools of the craft, with a focus on syntax and sentence structure, diction, rhythm, and sound.
  • To acquire a working knowledge of basic forms of poetry.
  • To further develop voice and, where appropriate, to be able to create round characters with convincing dialogue.
  • To be conscious of narrative integrity in narrative poems.
  • To effectively apply literary tropes and devices to written work.
  • To have completed a portfolio of seven to ten poems by the end of the course.

 

Tutor Bio 

Amanda Merritt holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of St. Andrews, where she established the University’s first undergraduate creative writing workshop in 2015-16, and worked as a tutor on the St Andrews creative writing summer program. At the University of Victoria she earned a Bachelor of Fine arts degree in creative writing. She specialises in poetry, and has been published in British and Canadian journals, including Prairie FirePrismDescantQwertyHart House Review, and Stand.  Amanda’s first collection of poetry, The Divining Pool, was launched in October 2017 by Wundor Editions. Its North American release date is March 1st, 2018. Amanda is also the founding poetry editor of the online journal of poetry and prose, The Scores.

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