Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello. Welcome to week three. And congratulations too. You've made it through to the third and final week of this course, How To Make A Poem. So in weeks one and two, we thought a lot about the materials that you need to make a poem, and the tools that you might use to shape that material as well. So we thought about found poetry and drawing inspiration from other sources. We also got to grips with metre and with rhythm. And we asked you to have a go at writing a draft of a poem that you could then develop. So this week, in week three, we're going to ask, how do you know when a poem is finished?

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsOne of my own favourite quotes about poetry is this idea that a poem is never finished, only abandoned. And even established authors who've seen their work in print have been known to tweak lines or change phrases and words in poems that have been already published. So how do you really know? To try and answer that question, we're going to draw on the expertise of poets both past and present. In particular, we're going to hear from current and former students of the MA in Creative Writing here at the Manchester Writing School. They've kindly agreed to let us eavesdrop on a session where they're sharing poems in progress. These sessions are usually known as a creative writing workshop.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsObviously, a workshop, in trade or in industry, would be a place where you might take something to be repaired or to be rebuilt. It's exactly the same with a poetry workshop. Creative writing workshops are places that you could go to get inspiration or prompts for new pieces of writing, but also where you might take a poem that's not quite working properly to get advice and feedback from your peers. So that's what you'll see today. And all of the students that you're going to hear from from the MA Creative Writing Pathway will be talking to you a bit about who they are and about their poems as well. So you'll get to know their work.

Welcome to Week 3

In the video, Helen introduces the students. Together they are holding a creative writing workshop. The creative writing workshop is used by writers of poetry, fiction, scripts and nonfiction. What do you feel are the advantages of workshopping your poems? Do you think there might be disadvantages?

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How To Make A Poem

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