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Word Play Poems

with Alison Chisholm

Two-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

Click Here To Enrol: Monday 7th & 14th February 2022 at 2pm

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Workshop fee: £49.99

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Poets play games with language, and this should be celebrated. In each of the two-sessions of this Zoom workshop you'll look at a single word-game exercise that has the potential to produce a fascinating poem, and can be used again and again. With numbers strictly limited to ten there is plenty of time to ask questions. In between 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: In this session you'll talk about the value of retaining the ludic quality in writing poetry. Alison will then take you step-by-step through a word-game from which you'll start to write a free verse poem. You'll then look at the use of puns in poetry.

Week 2: After sharing your poems inspired by the work covered in week 1, you'll look at taking advantage of the huge number of words in the English language. Alison will take you through an exercise to help you select words that are not so obvious for your subject. You'll round off the session by looking at a perverse poem.


Examples of the exercise techniques 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

  • learn techniques you can use over and over to write 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