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Online Workshop: Structuring a Poetry Collection



Maria Takolander




Do you have enough poetry for a collection but feel confused about how to order your individual poems? Or are you struggling to find what it takes to bring a poetry manuscript to fruition? This workshop will address the importance of structure both when it comes to, firstly, presenting a completed manuscript to a publisher and, secondly, completing a half-finished collection that may be unnecessarily languishing!
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This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • The importance of structure when it comes to the compelling, reader-focused organization of a poetry collection.
  • The importance of structure as a method for generating inspiration.
  • How structure can highlight key themes.
  • How structure can drive a narrative arc.
  • How to present your poetry manuscript in a compelling, reader-focused way to a potential publisher.

About the Tutor:

Maria Takolander has published four poetry collections: Trigger Warning (UQP 2021), winner of the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award; The End of the World (Giramondo 2014), named a best book of the year by Australian Book Review and reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books; Ghostly Subjects (Salt 2008), short-listed for a 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award; and the chapbook Narcissism (Whitmore Press 2005). She is also author of the short-story collection The Double (Text 2013).

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Phone: 03 90947840
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 07 October 2022 - 4:00
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