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Response Poetry



Autumn Royal




While all poetry may be considered an expression or a reaction to an experience, emotion, history or socio-political reality, this workshop will concentrate on poetry as an intentional response to any previous form of material. There’s a long and rich tradition of response poetry, and this workshop will focus on how the poetic form can complement, interrogate or further understandings of artworks, archives, letters, current and/or historical events or simply be a reply to another writer.


A photo of Autumn Royal. Photo: Leah Jing McIntosh.


You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • How to understand the tradition of response poetry.
  • How to play and brainstorm ideas for a response poem.
  • How to approach poetry as a form of response expression
  • How to ensure that what you’re responding to is clear for readers.
  • How to engages with other forms of writing and artworks through poetry.
  • How to incorporate the written material of former writers into your poetry.

About the Tutor:

Autumn Royal creates drama, poetry and criticism. Since 2013, Autumn has worked as a sessional tutor in creative writing and literary studies. Autumn is founding editor of Liquid Architecture’s Disclaimer journal and interviews editor at Cordite Poetry Review. Her poetry collections include She Woke and Rose (Cordite Books), Liquidation (Incendium Radical Library) and The Drama Student (Giramondo).


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Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 28 April 2023 - 4:00
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