Posted 01.03.13 in Features
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• How you approach the redrafting and editing process to improve your drafted poems – we will be focusing on this particularly as it’s a really valuable skill for poets to have
• How you get inspiration
• Things you’ve read/ done/ seen that have sparked off ideas
• Writing techniques, exercises and games you find useful
• How (if!) you discipline yourself to write regularly
• How you make your poems as powerful as possible
Jo Shapcott kicks things off in her video Advice for Young Poets:
“If you’re one of those writers who finds it really difficult to get a poem that goes over the page, here is my tip: What you do is, you write your poem and you think ‘Oh that’s too small, I wish I’d said more about that.’ Put it away, then pick it up again the next day and cover up everything except the last line. Now, the last line is going to be the first line of the poem you write today. You’ll find yourself going places you never expected, and you can do that every day until you’ve practically written Paradise Lost!”
Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll choose a selection and create a go-to hub of inspiration!
We’d love to hear from poets of all ages but there will be a particular focus on 11-25 year olds.
Please send your ideas in the body of an email by Wednesday 10 April, with your name, age and address. We’ll put all the emails into a prize draw and some lucky top-tippers will win YPN notebooks!