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Four Modern Forms

with Alison Chisholm

One-session online workshop, 1 - 1.5 hours, live teaching, via Zoom.

The length of the sessions varies depending on the session topic and the questions and discussions that arise.
Sessions will be a minimum of one hour.

Only ten places available on each workshop

SOLD OUT: Monday 31st January 2022 at 7pm

times shown are GMT

Workshop fee: £25

(the meeting invite will be emailed to you a couple of days before your workshop is due to start. If you do not receive your invite, with the Zoom link, by the day before your workshop then please check your junk/spam folder to see if it is there. If not, please contact or


In this one-session workshop you'll discover how new forms of poems develop. You'll look at the nonce form, and how to turn it into a recognised pattern. You'll examine four recently devised forms and consider their content, format and dynamics. Alison will then give you a short exercise to trigger a poem in each of them. You'll then think about how to divise your own form. Examples of each form will be included in your workshop notes which are emailed out after the session.

This is a great opportunity to develop your poetry skills and make friends with others on the same journey. It’ll be exciting, lots of fun, and give you the confidence to take your poems forward. This workshop is suitable for writers who want to develop their poetry writing skills .

Workshop fee: £25


Alison Chisholm Poet


Workshop Leader – Alison Chisholm

Alison Chisholm was born in Liverpool and has lived in Southport most of her life, with a brief foray in the North East to collect a career, a husband and the first of her two daughters. She has three grandchildren, a marmalade cat and a mildly dysfunctional tortoise. She has written twelve collections of poetry and various textbooks on the craft of writing, and co-written books on public speaking, competitions and autobiography. She wrote the poetry distance learning course for The Writers Bureau, and is a columnist on Writing Magazine. She gives talks, readings, workshops and courses, and adjudicates competitions.

By taking part in this workshop you will:

  • meet other poets on the same journey as you

  • have time to ask questions as there are only ten participants per group

  • gain an understanding of how forms of poems develop

  • learn techniques to create you own form

  • gain increased self-confidence to take your poems forward on your own



This workshop is run by Budding Writers in partnership with The Writers Bureau