Editing, Structure and Form: A Poetry Masterclass with Helen Mort

Date: 31/05/2014 Times: 10am-4pm Prices: £60/£50 conc or £240/£200 for the Series Location: Writers' Centre Norwich

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"Outstanding. There's a confidence and wit that's rare in a first book, but underlying it all is the bedrock of the north of England, its landscapes and stories. These are poems of passion, risk, tenderness and power" Michael Symmons Roberts on Division Street

Does the thought of editing your poetry leave you cold?

Do you have a stack of print-outs languishing for the lack of red pen?

Learn how to coax the diamond from the rough with TS Eliot shortlisted poet Helen Mort in the second workshop of our Masterclass Series.

About the Masterclass

Eric Gregory Award winning poet Helen Mort will help you strip back your poetry to its highest potential in this workshop.

You’ll begin by looking at example poems and discussing them with your fellow poets, examining the elusive ingredients which are crucial to good poetry. Helen will give you exercises to help you generate new work, taking inspiration from the example work you’ve already encountered.

Throughout the workshop Helen will focus on the editorial process, with particular reference to form and structure, helping you to ground your own writing within tradition. Your fellow workshop attendees and Helen will also offer friendly feedback on your work in a safe and relaxed environment.  

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About Helen Mort

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a big supporter of Helen Mort, and we’re proud to claim that we saw her talent in the early years of her career, having chosen her as a 2007-8 Escalator Winner. Her collection of literary prizes is bettered only by the critical praise she has accrued. Helen’s first full length collection, Division Street, was published earlier this year, and she has also written two pamphlets; the shape of every box and a pint for the ghost. Amongst the awards Helen has accrued is the Foyle Young Poets Award (five times), an Eric Gregory award and the Manchester Young Writer Prize. She is currently completing a PhD in poetry at Sheffield University.   

Visit Helen Mort’s website.

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This workshop is part of a Masterclass Series

Challenge yourself and develop your poetry by attending all three Masterclass workshops:

Saturday 8th March
(Self) Portraits with Todd Swift

Saturday 31st May – Editing, Structure and Form with Helen Mort

Saturday & Sunday 12/13th JulyVoice and Other Places with George Szirtes

Practiced poets can invest in their poetry with this Masterclass Series- book now for only £240/£200 concessions. (workshops also sold individually.)


This Masterclass is suitable for advanced level writers.

Advanced- An experienced writer, perhaps with a history of publication or previous academic experience of writing, who wants to work towards professional publication.

Payment is non-refundable on this workshop unless it is cancelled. 

About the Venue

This workshop will take place in the workshop room situated on the ground floor of the Writers’ Centre Norwich office, on 14 Princes Street. 

The room provides an ideal environment for creative thinking and learning with plenty of space and natural light. We also provide a range of teas, good strong coffee and the vital ingredient: biscuits.

14 Princes Street is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any access or other special requirements by calling 01603 877177 or email: info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk 

Getting to Writers’ Centre Norwich

Writers’ Centre Norwich is located in the mediaeval quarter of Norwich City Centre. It is a fifteen minute walk from Norwich Train Station and a ten minute walk from Castle Meadow. There is parking available at the nearby Elm Hill car park and St Andrews car park both of which are a short walk away.

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About Writers' Centre Norwich's Creative Writing Courses, Workshops and Professional Development.

If you're interested in professionally led, quality creative writing workshops in Norwich and Norfolk then Writers’ Centre Norwich is for you. We run creative writing workshops and creative writing courses covering prose fiction, the novel, poetry, non-fiction and writers' professional development. People travel from all round Norfolk, East Anglia and the UK to come to our creative writing classes: so please keep checking back to our What's On page or sign up for e-news (top-left corner) to be the first to hear about our new season of events.

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