Discover the Poet Inside

Have you always wanted to write poetry, but never known how to start? Or maybe you already have a practice, and are looking for a good excuse to spend a weekend delving deeper? 

This is a rare chance to work with the award-winning poet and live artist Ryan Van Winkle, who we’re bringing over from Scotland especially to inspire your work. The Scottish Poetry Library’s former Reader in Residence will guide you through a variety of forms and styles—revealing how to take risks, steal techniques, and unearth with your own poetic voice. Famed for his lively, inspiring workshops, Ryan spreads the love of poetry wherever he goes. We’re unbelievably lucky to be hosting him.

You’ll come out of the weekend with a notebook stuffed with ideas and the confidence to push forward with new projects you haven’t even thought of yet. Ryan will also share his insider knowledge of the publishing industry, offering guidance for those who are getting ready to submit to magazines, publish a chapbook or put together a collection. This course is also highly recommended for fiction writers who are interested in experimenting with or honing their voice, or any who are interested in what it means to be a poet. 

To sign up we are asking for a deposit of €30. Email to reserve your space.

RYAN VAN WINKLE is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and Best Scottish Poems 2015. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. As a member of Highlight Arts he has organized festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq.

Ryan has been a workshop leader and tutor since 1999. In that time he’s worked with dozens of writers helping to develop and encourage their work. Ryan has been working both on-line and in person for The Poetry School in London. He has also been a creative writing tutor at the SUISS Summer School at Edinburgh University. 

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