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Poetry Workshop - the Next Steps with Mandy Pannett

Poetry – The Next Steps 

with Mandy Pannett

Six-session online workshop, 1 - 1.5 hour per session, 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.

To enrol please click on the link below

Tuesday 2nd November 2021, 7pm for six consecutive weeks, ending on 7th December 2021

All times shown are GMT

Workshop fee: £159

(the meeting invite will be emailed to you a few days before the workshop is due to start)


Join us in our virtual classroom for a six-session poetry writing workshop from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom. With numbers strictly limited to ten, this six-session workshop will guide you through a variety techniques that will develop your poetry writing skills.

Once you've completed the workshop you’ll have the chance to have 60 lines of poems assessed by workshop leader, Mandy Pannett.

This is a great opportunity to explore poetry and make friends with others on the same journey. It’s an exciting programme where you’ll try out a variety of poetry techniques in a safe and trusting environment. This workshop is suitable for those who want to develop their poetry writing skills.

Workshop Outline:

Sessions will be interactive with chance for discussions and questions. There will be short writing exercises within the session and optional follow-up work afterwards. The focus of the sessions will be on using your senses to be attentive to the world around you, allowing connections to develop and being open to all the possibilities of language.

Week 1: Poetry Landscapes and a Sense of Place – This session will kick off with a discussion about your inner landscape. Then you'll move onto thinking about the atmosphere of landscapes and how to create the same feeling in a poem. Next you'll look at place names and including figures in your poem

Week 2: A Choice of Words – This week you'll be exploring the senses to bring life to your poems. You'll then move onto examining: Germanic words, writing monosyllabic poems, kennings, naming things, word chains, associations and finally, weird and wonderful words.

Week 3: The Emotional Content of Poems – Here you'll be looking at links between sound and feeling through assonance, dissonance, alliteration and so forth. You'll examine finding the heart of a poem, trigger and discovery of a poem, the poetic turn and how to end a poem.

Week 4: Form and Shape In Poetry – In this session you'll look at using form and shape to match content, different kinds of layout and open field poems. You'll finish off by thinking about poems that are about or using the alphabet.

Week 5: Types of Sentences – This week you'll learn about how to use different types of sentences to add variety and interest to your poems. You then go on to look at writing from different perspectives. Finally you will examine connectives to help you develop tone and mood in a poem.

Week 6: Variations and Techniques – In this final session you'll be thinking about titles and opening lines. Mandy will go through some poetic devices you can use to add variety to you poems.

Workshop Fee: £159


Mandy Pannett

Workshop Leader, Mandy Pannett

Mandy taught children with special needs for many years but now works freelance as a creative writing tutor for adults.

Her poetry pamphlet ‘The Daedalus Files’ has just been published by SPM Publications. Five poetry collections have been previously published: ‘Bee Purple’ and ‘Frost Hollow’ (Oversteps Books), ‘Allotments in the Orbital’ (Searle Publishing), ‘All the Invisibles’ (SPM Publications), ‘Jongleur in the Courtyard’ (Indigo Dreams Publishing).

A selection of her poems was issued by Integral Contemporary Literature Press with English and Romanian parallel texts. Two novellas have also been published: ‘The Onion Stone’ (Pewter Rose Press) and ‘The Wulf Enigma’ (Circaidy Gregory Press). Mandy was also poetry editor for five years for Sentinel Literary Quarterly and has edited anthologies and poetry collections for them and for Earlyworks Press. She has acted as an adjudicator for national competitions and won prizes and been placed herself in several others.

By taking part in this workshop you will:

  • meet other writers and poets

  • have time to ask questions as there is a maximum ten participants per group

  • develop an understanding of how to bring life to your poems in a variety of ways

  • learn how to use different techniques to convey what you are trying to say

  • have 60 lines of poetry assessed by Mandy

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


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