Writing poetry can be a solitary interest to navigate, whether you’re starting out or have been at it a while. It’s difficult to know where to get feedback, or if what you’re writing is as good as it can be. And then there’s what to do with a poem once you’ve finished it.
If you’re an aspiring or emerging young poet, keen to develop or refresh or your skills, Hive is running a five-week online poetry programme on Sunday evenings from 2nd July on Zoom with prize-winning poet, Vicky Morris. Vicky has mentored many emerging young poets including recipients of the New Poets Prize. The programme will offer a supportive and immersive set of five evening Zoom workshops and individual feedback support to inspire and guide you to getting where you want to go with your poetry.
“Building my confidence learning about poetry and surprising myself with what I write – has changed everything for me. I now proudly call myself a poet.”
You can come to all of the workshops or just a few if you can’t make them all. Through the programme, you’ll:
Who’s it for?
The programme is for new, aspiring and emerging young poets aged 17 to 30. As the programme is on Zoom, it’s open to young people with a home or term address anywhere across the North and Midlands who would like to develop their writing further. Both those who’ve done poetry workshops or courses before, and those completely new to them are welcome to apply. We’re also keen to hear from people who feel like they wouldn’t normally be able to access this kind of opportunity.
Whatever stage you’re at, you might lack direction, sticking power or confidence. You might have a project you want inspiration to get stuck into, or to sharpen your skills and hone your work, or you might simply want a regular reason to write and connect with other young writers. No experience necessary, all interests welcome.
Expect a warm, inclusive and supportive group led by an experienced poet and editor. Sunday evenings 6-8pm on Zoom 2nd to 30th July 2023 (although it’s possible that one of these dates needs to change, which will be discussed with the group)
Cost and Bursaries
The programme is supported by Hive South Yorkshire meaning a cost of just £65 for five sessions and one-to-one feedback. Programmes like this normally cost upwards of £300 but this Hive fiction programme is heavily subsidised as a way to reach new and emerging young writers and remove barriers to developing as a writer. If cost is still a barrier, please see below bursary discounts available.
Bursary discount places
If the cost of the programme is a barrier to attending, we have a number of discounted bursary places available at £45. Please write ‘bursary discount’ on your application if this applies to you. You won’t be penalised for being unable to afford the full fee.
Send (in one Word or .rtf document with your name and Poetry Porgamme as the file name) of up to 3 poems (but no pressure if you don’t have poems to send!), in the same file as 250 words about yourself and your poetry writing interests. You could include: where you are with your writing and any input you’ve had with it, why you’re applying for this programme, and how you think it would be of help. Please also send: Your age, date of birth, telephone number, address (term or home), and anything else you might want to tell us by midnight Sunday 18th June 2023 to [email protected] [Note places will be limited to ensure a supportive programme]
Vicky Morris is a British/Welsh poet based in Sheffield. Her chapbook If All This Never Happened won the Munster Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition 2021 and was shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards for Best Poetry Pamphlet 21/22. Her poetry has appeared in places like The Rialto, The Poetry Review, Magma, Poetry Wales and The North. She has been placed in various competitions including winning the Aurora Prize for Poetry 2020, and the Prole Laurate Competition in 2019. Vicky is the founder of Hive Young Writers and has mentored many emerging young writers who’ve received accolades such as the Foyle Young Poet of the Year and the New Poets Prize. In 2019 she received a Sarah Nulty Award for her impact developing younger writers across the region. She is a recent Arvon/Jerwood mentee, and was shortlisted for the Mairtín Crawford Award 2022.