The value of residential poetry courses
Daljit Nagra - 17 March 2011
I put off going on one-week residential courses for ages and then when I did finally go I was annoyed with myself for not having gone sooner. I found the intensive stimulus of daily workshops, afternoon one-to-one sessions and evening readings helped to improve my writing skills massively.
Have you been on a residential course? Did you find it useful?
The other thing I really enjoyed about the course was having immediate access to leading poets and to a cohort of new writers who were at a fairly similar stage of development as me.
I kept in touch with several of the poets I met on these courses and we workshopped poems and supported each other with advise about poets/poems/magazines/readings etc.
The residential courses were the beginnings of a beautifully interactive poetry affair with a lovely set of poets.
Two sets of courses I would recommend are run by Arvon foundation (England and Scotland) and Ty Newydd (North wales).
I'd like to hear from you about the courses you've been on. What were your highs and lows and would you recommend these courses to other poets? If you have not been on one of these courses, what stops you from going?