This workshop will focus on the three cornerstones of all writing: the beginning, middle and end. Participants will learn practical tips on the process of writing poetry from the original idea to the published poem. You will learn how to start the process, what to do once you have finished a draft and, finally, how to go about marketing yourself and your poems by setting goals, setting up writing exercises, revision techniques and publication strategies.
Set goals: Weekly, Monthly, Yearly; Career Goals (ie. Awards, Number of Books etc.); Publication Goals: Send out X poems; publish X poems in magazines; publish X poems; publish X books by certain date.
Pre-writing: Research by reading what is already out there; understand why you like the writing you like.
The first draft: Write whatever comes. Don’t censor yourself. Leave the draft for at least 30 days.
Revising/The Second Draft: Revise it once and leave for another 30 days; look at things like redundant words, bad repetitions, formal language, cut any unnecessary words (remember nothing is sacred); read it aloud see how it sounds; read it to others see how they respond.
Revise your poem again and send out to magazines/organizations:
- When considering magazines: use poetry markets for Canadians.
- Markets include: Canadian Literary Magazines (Grain, Event, Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Fiddlehead Review, Portal).
- American and British Magazines.
- Online Magazines (Ezines).
- Poetry Websites: like Poetry Webring.
- Your own blog (don’t under estimate this).
- Poetry readings, contests and awards (the Writer’s Trust has the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers!).