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Poetry and Art

with Alison Chisholm

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

TThe 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


Click Here To Enrol: Monday 7th & 14th February 2022 at 7pm

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Workshop fee: £49.99

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A single visit to an art gallery can keep your poems flowing for years to come. In this two-session Zoom workshop you'll learn how to use a variety of art works to give you inspriation for your poems. With numbers strictly limited to ten there is plenty of time to ask questions. Inbetween the sessions you'll be encourage to write a poem which you can share at the start of the second week should you want to.

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 writing forward. This workshop is suitable for writers who want to develop their poetry writing skills.


Week 1: A painting captures a moment … a scene … a meeting … a story … and anchors it to canvas so that future generations can live it and be fascinated by it. A poem does exactly the same, via the medium of words rather than a picture. Fusing the two is inspiring and exciting. In this session you'll discuss the relationship between art and poetry then look at a painting from different viewpoints as a kick-off point for a poem.

Week 2: After sharing your poems inspired by the work covered in week 1, you'll look at all the other possible artworks from which you could draw inspiration. The focus with then turn to examining a statue and the points you could consider to draw ideas together for a poem.


Examples of different kinds of poems, rooted in art, will be included in the notes which are sent out by email after each session.


Workshop fee: £49.99


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

  • develop an a way of looking at art so you can use it to inspire your poems

  • the chance to share a poem you've written with Alison and the group

  • 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