Joseph Nuttall is an award winning poet, writer and lyricist. He is a poetry graduate from University of Tasmania, and was previously the group coordinator for emerging writers’ group Twitch, auspiced by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, and the winner of both the Stonnington Poetry Prize in 2021 and the International Songwriting Competition in 2015.
His work has been published in the Review of Australian Fiction, Verity LA, Monstrous Appetites, A Fine Line and Tincture Magazine. He is currently putting the finishing touches to an upcoming collection of poetry, due in 2023.
Start Date: 9th January 2024
Duration: 6 Weeks
Places Remaining: 2
Enroll in Our Online Poetry Writing Course: Unleash Your Inner Poet
Welcome to our exclusive 6-week Online Poetry Writing Course, where you’ll embark on a creative journey of profound exploration through the art of poetry! Under the expert guidance and support of published poets with a wealth of experience and knowledge, you’ll unlock your inner poet and discover the depth and beauty of this timeless art form. Our course is meticulously designed to help you refine your poetic skills and nurture your unique writing style.
Course Structure and Flexibility:
Every week, you’ll receive a new module containing text lessons that you can work on at your own pace, offering maximum flexibility that suits your lifestyle. We recommend dedicating 2-3 hours per week to this course. The absence of set class hours means you can learn at your convenience.
Registration and Course Availability:
Our courses are in high demand, so we encourage early registration to secure your spot. While our talented instructors are based in Australia, our classes are open to students from all over the world.
Course Access and Materials:
Even after the course concludes, you’ll retain lifetime access to the course materials, allowing you to revisit the content whenever you need a refresher.
Starting Your Course:
Your tutor will email you the first module on the course start date. Ensure you check your Spam/Junk folder to avoid missing this vital information. Each week, you’ll receive a written task to aid your learning and skill development. Upon completion, you’ll submit these assignments for personalized feedback from your dedicated online tutor, who will guide and support you every step of the way, pushing you to refine your craft and elevate your poetry to new heights! Our weekly modules delve into the following topics:
Week One – Writing Poems That Matter
We start with setting intentions: for our poems, practice, process. We will examine the ‘why’ that carries us to the page – what dreams and desires do we have for the poems we write? What do we want them, if anything, to ‘do’? What makes them matter, if only to ourselves? How can we embed a sense of creative urgency to write braver and bolder work, over the next six weeks?
Week Two – The ‘Long-Armed’ Poem: Letting Anything Belong
This week we will explore examples of poems that roam, wander freely, welcoming various thoughts, feelings, and observations inside their doors, rather than shutting them out. We will reflect on the potential limitations we set ourselves by what we feel should ‘belong’ in a poem, and work to allow chaos to enter our first drafts, before deciding what we let stay, what we choose to cast off.
Week Three – Poems That (Like Us) Contain Multitudes
This week we will challenge the idea that a poem must sing in one note, and instead turn to Donald Hall’s belief that when it comes to poetry: ‘no conflict, no energy’. We will explore the importance of empathy and nuance when writing our own personal experience / the experiences of others, and examine the impact of poems that hold vast emotional landscapes.
Week Four – Poems That Reimagine, Retell, Make Possible
This week we look to the poets who use poetry to imagine a world different than this one. Who turn to the page to rewrite their own stories, reclaim a history. We will investigate the power of erasure and blackout poetry: forms that enable you to take an experience, feeling, or entire text, and transform it into something fresh, new, yours.
Week Five – On Finding The Form
This week we take a deep-dive into the many ways poetic form can both restrict and set free. Make a poem sing or stifle it. We will explore how learning the rules, only to break them, can create delightful surprises for both writer and reader. You will also have the opportunity to devise your own, personalised form of poetry, based on elements that both excite and challenge you.
Week Six – What We Did, What Will Do Next
In this session, we will look back on what we have achieved, however small or large. You will have the chance to ‘showcase’ a poem that you are proud of, and we will set out clear goals and ideas that will support you to keep going, and growing, as a poet.
Join Us Today:
Seize this opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of creativity and self-expression as you learn from experienced poets and connect with a community of like-minded individuals. Join us, and let us help you bring your poetic vision to life!