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Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online

Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online

Who: Mark O’Flynn
When:
23 July to 6 December, online
Cost:
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245
Level:
Emerging writers

You’ve written some poems – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye.

Receive expert monthly feedback from poet Mark O’Flynn and develop your writing skills over five months in this intensive online course. Each month from July to November, you’ll submit one or more poems of up to 60 lines total via email.

The following week, Mark will send you tailored feedback, giving you time to incorporate his suggestions and advice into the next month’s submission. You’ll also have the opportunity to read and comment on other course participants’ poems: this process of giving and receiving feedback from fellow emerging writers is an ideal way to determine what works, what resonates, what falls flat – and how to improve. The best way to hone these skills is by doing.

If you’re ready to challenge yourself and develop your skills through constructive critique and independent work, this is the course for you.

Please note, this is a feedback-based course. While you are welcome to generate new material for submission during this time, no prompts or themes will be provided.

Participant Requirements
Email access and confidence using basic computer software

Please note: Submissions (up to 60 lines of poetry) are due on the following dates:
Sunday 23 July
Sunday 27 August
Sunday 24 September
Sunday 29 October
Sunday 26 November

Feedback is due by midnight on the following dates:
Wednesday 2 August
Wednesday 6 September
Wednesday 4 October
Wednesday 8 November
Wednesday 6 December

About the tutor
Born in Melbourne, Mark O’Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains. He began writing for the theatre before turning to fiction and poetry.  He has published five collections of poetry, most recently The Soup’s Song (Picaro, 2015). His novels include The Last Days of Ava Langdon (UQP, 2016), Grassdogs (Harper Collins, 2006) and The Forgotten World (HC, 2013). In 2013 he also published the comic memoir, False Start, (Finch), and a collection of short stories White Light (Spineless Wonders). Mark’s short stories, articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines both here and overseas including Australian Book Review, The Bulletin, The Good Weekend, Heat, Antipodes, Westerly, Meanjin, Southerly, Island, Overland, Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Poems, New Australian Stories, Picador New Writing, and many others. In 2007 he traveled to Ireland courtesy of the Australia Council. A new collection of poetry will be published next year.

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