Tips for a Poetry Workshop/Group
August 13, 2013 12:37 PM Subscribe
After not being able to find a poetry workshop/writers group in my area, I decided to start one via MeetUp. The first meeting is this week and will focus mainly on how to run the group, what our goals are, etc. Since I started the group, I should probably bring along some ideas? What has, or has not, worked in writers groups that you've attended?
posted by eunoia to media & arts (2 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Since I feel that reading poetry is pretty much the best way to learn how to write effective poems (and I'm hoping the other members agree!), how best would a writers group divide time between reading, writing, and critiquing?
Personally, my main reason for starting the group is simply to get back in the habit of writing and to have a place to discuss poetry with people whose eyes don't automatically glaze over when they hear the word. It's possible that other members will have the goal of participating in poetry readings and/or publication. Whatever each member's goal, it's extremely important to me to foster a positive and welcoming setting for discussion/critique, especially since there is bound to be a variety of skill levels and writing styles. In groups where this sort of environment was present, were there "rules" in place to make this happen or was it due more to the personalities of the participants?
I'm not sure how often we'll end up meeting, but if it's monthly, I like the idea of each member bringing a poem (not by us) that we like/find stylistically interesting, etc, as well as a poem of our own that we'd like to workshop. How has a writers group that you've been part of handled distribution of reading? Has it been distributed beforehand by e-mail and/or read during the group?
Any and all tips are welcome! Thanks!