Everyone with a love of words can write a poem, and Crafting Poetry is designed to show how it can be done, and to take the mystique out of the art. Its advice is basic and practical, taking the writer from the first spark of an idea to its final revision. On the way it considers nurturing the developing idea, word choice and imagery, rhyme and metre, set forms and free verse, and the all-important business of revision. The book offers plenty of ideas and exercises, providing inspiration for extending your imagination as well as your skills. The exercises have been created in a way that means you can return to them time and again and produce a new poem. There is advice on the best procedures for submitting your poems to print and on-line magazines, and about sharing your work in anthologies, collections and readings. Advice is offered on poetry competitions and about how to access further help with your work. The final chapter touches on using your poetry in a craft context.
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About the Author
Alison Chisholm has been writing poetry for over 40 years, and has had ten collections published, (nine by specialist poetry publishers and the most recent self-published), as well as ten textbooks on the craft of writing (three of which were produced in collaboration with other writers) including four on writing poetry, the latest of which was, again, self-published. She also wrote the poetry correspondence course of The Writers Bureau, Manchester, and has tutored on this course for twenty years. She lives in Southport, UK. She taught creative writing and the craft of writing poetry in adult education for 25 years, and devised a number of courses for the Merseyside and North West Open College boards. She currently teaches an advanced poetry course, and gives regular workshop weekend courses for Malaga Workshops. She has led poetry courses at The Writers' Holiday, (Caerleon and Fishguard), The Writers' Summer School, Swanwick, and NAWG Festival of Writing, and has given talks, readings, courses and workshops throughout Britain and in Geneva, Rotterdam and Malaga