Poetry Workshops from New Writing Partnership, Norwich

April – August 2009


As part of our writer’s services, New Writing Partnership are offering a poetry workshop a month from April – August focusing on how poetry is performed, as well as how to break into new media and education.

Led by the best writers in the field, and offering workshops on form, comedy writing, modern media, and teaching as well as a unique 2 day mentoring programme with Francesca Beard, this run of workshops is a great opportunity for poets to really sharpen their skills and are right for anyone looking to refine their technique and expand their range.

All workshops will take place at New Writing Partnership offices, 14 Princes Street, Norwich.

Travel bursaries will be available for participants travelling from outside of Norfolk. Details available on application.

To find out more or book a place, please email info@newwritingpartnership.org.uk or call 01603 877177


Form and Performance with Tim Turnbull

Saturday 4 April | 11am – 5pm | £40

Forward prize nominee Tim Turnbull leads a workshop looking at how formal aspects of poetry relate to a performance/reading. Through a variety of practical exercises writers will consider the basics of metre, the use or absence of rhyme, and the impact of line length to see how traditional methods that may seem daunting can be used to improve performance. No previous knowledge is necessary.

Tim Turnbull is the author of Stranded in Sub-Atomica (2005) and Caligula in Ice and Other Poems is due out on May 7th 2009. Es lebt!! is due out in Germany in March and a CD with Scarborough absurdists Mormonhead, Direct from the Rock Factory, be released later in the year. In 2006 he was awarded the first Performance Poetry Fellowship by the Arts Foundation


Comedy Writing

Saturday 30 May | 11am – 5pm | £40

Josie Long presents a workshop aimed at finding and developing your own comic voice for performers and writers who have always wanted to try stand-up comedy. This will be a day of mucking around and trying out with no pressure and probably prizes. Great for honing up that between poem patter.

Josie Long is a comedian who won the if.com best newcomer award for her show in 2006, she has appeared and written for Skins, and most recently made a series for BBC Radio 4.


A Thousand Words: Poetry in Pictures with Ross Sutherland

Saturday 13 June | 11am – 5pm | £40

The online poetry community is increasingly important for emerging writers, so this June poet and artist Ross Sutherland will lead a session on how to make the most of modern media. This hands-on practical workshop will show poets how to create engaging work that can draw in audiences from new demographics, exploring how poems can be enhanced by their transference into short films, animation or static illustrations.

Ross Sutherland has co-written eight poetry/multimedia theatre productions, and has produced two feature length poetry films. His debut poetry collection, Things To Do Before You Leave Town, was published this year. He was included in The Times’s list of Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008.


Bespoken Word with Francesca Beard

Saturday 11 July | one hour sessions between 10am & 3.30pm | £40

Fast-track your performance poetry career through this intensive two-step mentoring programme with the respected spoken word artist, Francecsa Beard. You will perform and then receive feedback on all aspects of your performance in a one-on-one mentoring session with her the following day. This is an amazing one-off opportunity for anyone serious about improving their skills.

There are only five places available for this workshop so do please apply to luke@newwritingpartnership.org.uk with a relevant CV and a sample of your work.

Francesca Beard has been called ‘spine-tingling’ (The Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Performance Poetry (London Metro.) Born in Malaysia, she represents contemporary British literature all over the world. She has a one-woman show, ‘Chinese Whispers’ and a children’s show, ‘Animal Olympics’. To find out more, visit www.francescabeard.com


Writers in Education Masterclass

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 August | 11am – 5pm | £70

If you would like to expand your range and work in education then this weekend is a great opportunity to equip you with the skills you’ll need to do so. Experienced poet and workshop leader Jacob Sam-La Rose will lead a two day Masterclass looking at the planning and delivery of workshops from a one hour session to a whole programme.

The weekend will be practical and hands on. Along the way you’ll explore how to engage students of ranging abilities in writing, analysing and performing poetry, and how to do it all in a fun and informative way. You'll also discuss the practicalities of working in education, including maintaining communications with teachers and managing expectations.

There are only ten places available for this workshop – please apply to luke@newwritingpartnership.org.uk with a relevant CV.

Jacob Sam-La Rose is a celebrated poet and performer as well as the Artistic Director of the London Teenage Poetry SLAM, Editor-in-Chief of Metaroar.com, founder of The Foundry for young poets, and an editor for flipped eye press. He facilitates a range of writing programmes through schools and arts institutions around the world, and is passionate about building communities and creating opportunities for emerging poets and writers.