Are you a young poet who’d like to run workshops and classes that inspire people, sharing your love of writing with people from all walks of life?

Spanning two days, this project will feature workshops, discussions and masterclasses on delivering poetry workshops that cater to a range of needs, led by Deanna Rodger. This is a space to ask questions, to receive advice and techniques which promote and refresh best practice, and to cultivate a fertile network of poetry facilitators. By the end of the project you will feel equipped to apply your knowledge and facilitate classes of your own.

I felt lost and under qualified before and now I feel I have gained both concrete and soft skills as well as an amazing support network! Enjoyed it so much and learnt so much

previous project participant

it really opened my eyes to so many avenues I had not thought of – a really enlightening and inspiring experience

previous project participant

What will I get from taking part?
By the end of the project you will:

  • Improve and develop your skills in poetry facilitation.
  • Have learnt from professional poets and facilitators experienced at working with a variety of different groups.
  • Have learnt about the highlights and challenges of working as a poetry facilitator.
  • Have had the chance to network with both emerging and established spoken word artists and facilitators, building contacts and asking questions.

Who will be teaching the project?
Weekender is delivered with Deanna Rodger. Masterclasses with guest artists include:
Joelle Taylor – International practice and exchange
Dean Atta – Working within Mental health settings and creating work around your own experience
Nichola Charalambou – Working with elders
Lisa Luxx – How to feed your vision/mission statement through your style and work – what’s your purpose, what changes are you trying to make and who for?
Gemma Seltzer – Practical workshop on finding the resources and support you need to make your ideas a reality, including tips on raising funds through Kickstarter. How does your idea serve the community and how do you get this idea backed?

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?
You should be a poet looking to improve your facilitation skills alongside your craft.

Is there anything I need to bring or wear?
Comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to move around in, and a notebook and pen.

How do I enrol?
Enrol online using the button at the top on the page.

How do I pay for this project?
You can pay by visiting us in person or by calling us on 0300 6789 222 (option 4). We are open Tue – Fri 9.30am – 9pm and Sat – Mon 9.30am – 5pm. For further details see How to Enrol.
Please try to do so before the first session of the project.

I’m not sure I can afford to take part…
If you need help to pay for things like project fees, transport or childcare, we can help. Find out how you can get support..

If you are using a bursary to pay for the project, please ensure you arrange this with the Advice Base with plenty of time before the start of the project.

I have additional needs. Can I still take part?
We have places available on all our projects for individuals with additional needs.Get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements and do our best in supporting you.

Where is the project taking place?
Roundhouse studios

How to Enrol