In this practical session participants will work with poet, critic, and editor Will Harris on editing poems for publication.
You will learn how you can make poetry submissions the very best they can be from the poem itself to your accompanying cover letter. The session will look at how poetry magazine publication works to inform this process and learn tips to help your poem reach the top of the submissions pile.
What will you do on the course?
You will also do a number of exercises to set editing in its proper context as a continually evolving process which is centered on conveying as well as possible whatever a particular poem, or set of poems, is trying to do. You will read and discuss the work of Wordsworth, Yeats, Martin Carter, Vahni Capildeo and Monica Youn among others. Will Harris will also trace the journey of one of his poems from first draft to published piece.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for poets who have a body of work they have yet to begin submitting or for those who simply want to develop their editing skills.
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Will Harris is a poet and critic from London. He was shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and received a Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. His pamphlet, All this is implied, was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award by the National Library of Scotland. Mixed-Race Superman, an essay, is published by Peninsula Press in the UK and Melville House in the US. His poems have been featured in the Guardian, the Poetry Review, and the anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation. His debut poetry collection, RENDANG, is forthcoming from Granta in February 2020.