Finding the Poem with Paul Lyalls
Complete beginners to poetry sought; relative newcomers very welcome; seasoned poets, come along too! This is a course for anyone who wants to liberate their creativity and immerse themselves in the joy of language. Playful, fun, entertaining, enlightening – explore your word power with Paul Lyalls.
A note to prose writers: have you ever wondered what it is like to write in the poetic form? Perhaps you write in prose automatically, but would like to try to use language in another way. If your fiction needs a lift, if your life-writing needs lilt, if your central characters don’t quite sing (or even if they do!) you can free your writing through poetry.
Paul has four sets of workshops which can be taken in any order:
Set 1: A fistful of poems...
Week 1) Sparks that ignite every time
Week 2) Eternal Truths – Devils and Angels
Week 3) The magic in everything we do
Week 4) A sense of place: ghosts and shadows
Week 5) The confessions of possessions
Week 6) Fairytales, song lyrics: meaning and reconvening
Set 2: For a few poems more...
Week 1) Should have could have poetry tool box
Week 2) Journeys and the travelogue in conversation
Week 3) A sense of place (2) and sorry not sorry
Week 4) Image detectives and news you can use
Week 5) As the saying goes
Week 6) Tone and setting – gambling not betting
Set 3: The good, the bard and the imagery...
Week 1) How to show fast and slow (momentum in writing)
Week 2) Heart and soul of the people we know (not T'pau)
Week 3) Rooms
Week 4) Wants & desire via road trip to India
Week 5) The cinema within a moment
Week 6) What's So Funny? Comedy in poetry
Set 4: Writers on the storm...
1) Making headlines for all the write reasons
2) Camera, lights, action and the kodak moment. The writer's camera.
3) Guilty pleasure repent at leisure.
4) Walking with Aladdin.
5) Should have, would have, could have.
6) Speculative poetry, shaping the unshapeable.
MISSED IT SINCE IT ENDED!
“I did Paul’s Finding The Poem course this Autumn and I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I have made this year – I can’t believe I almost didn’t sign up! Having been mildly terrified at the idea of starting, I quickly began to look forward to each session and have missed it terribly since it ended.”
Finding the Poem
PAUL IS A MAGICIAN
“Paul is a magician: he set up poetry spells using ingredients like borrowed words from all kinds of places, he led us through unseen doorways deploying fun and clever ways of plumbing our heads and our everyday lives and random thoughts.”
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Our tutor Paul says...
For me every session is a gathering of explorers. I issue, in the form of themes & steps, where we are going, if you like give everyone the same map and compass, but from there onwards I don't know where everyone will journey to. It's a very exciting ride to dozens of different destinations and a joy to be part of.