Stricter Forms: Between Poetic Constraint and Liberation


WhenSaturday, 24 August 2024
From10.00am – 12.00pm
Where Pōneke


In this generative creative writing workshop involving close readings and writing exercises, we will explore several 'stricter' poetic forms, including the sestina, the specular poem and the Golden Shovel. Through reading and discussing work by Elizabeth Bishop, Julia Copus, Warsan Shire and others, we will explore how these forms can both constrain and liberate our writing.

This workshop is for up to 16 participants.


Mary Jean Chan is the author of Flèche, which was published by Faber & Faber in 2019. Flèche won the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for multiple prizes, including the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize and the 2020 Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize. Bright Fear (Faber, 2023), Chan's second book, was shortlisted for the 2023 Forward Prize for Best Collection and the 2024 Writers’ Prize. In 2022, Chan co-edited the acclaimed anthology 100 Queer Poems with Andrew McMillan. A recent judge for the 2023 Booker Prize, Chan is currently the 2023-24 Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow at the University of Cambridge.