Since time immemorial poetry has emerged from the play of words - their sounds, rhythms, and resulting images. In fact, the Greeks considered a poet an “athlete of the word”. The world of poetry which is created is so wonderful that in many ways lovers of poetry feel they have managed to enter a magical kingdom.
In these days of self-isolation and pandemic stresses where only “essential” services are permitted, what can be more important than letting some magic into our world? What better than forgetting our woes while sitting safely inside our homes?
This online Poetry Workshop is your chance to do so. You learn the craft of poetry. You get tips on how to transform your thoughts - even your worries - into poems, and emerge as a more creative writer. Jonaki Ray leads this workshop. The programs details are shared at the bottom of this page.
About Jonaki Ray
Jonaki Ray was educated in India (IIT Kanpur) and the USA (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). After a short stint as a software engineer, she decided to return to her love of language and writing.
Honors for her work include the 2019 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, a 2018 Pushcart Prize nomination (Zoetic Press, USA), a 2018 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem nomination (Oxford Brookes Poetry Center, UK), and First Prize, 2017 Oxford Brookes University International Poetry Contest, ESL category. She has also been shortlisted for multiple other awards including the 2018 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition and the 2016 RL Poetry Award.
Her poetry collection, Memory Talkies, is due out soon. Her poems have appeared and are forthcoming in India, USA, UK, Italy, Singapore, and Ireland in publications such as Poetry, The Rumpus, The Margins: Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Southword Journal, Kitaab, The Aerogram, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Hindustan Times. She is also a frequent contributor to The Hindu BusinessLine and The Indian Express, where she writes about literature, travel, and books.
Her last online workshop received a 5/5 rating from all nine participants.
When: Sunday, 21 June (9.30 AM - 5.30 PM)
How much : INR 4,400 (Includes taxes). Click here for our Cancellation Policy.
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Session I: 9:30am-1pm
Building the foundation
We start with the eternally confusing question: What is poetry? We will go through some favorite classics and new poems to get an idea of the vast range of this genre, as well as to start on our journey as poets.
Working with words and senses
We enter the world of images and senses, and learn how to turn those into words. We look at the work of other poets, discuss ways they have done it, and finally apply those ideas to our work through writing some poems.
Session II: 2-5:30pm
Building on your inspiration
Now that we have the words, we use them to describe our emotions. This more than anything else is where we learn what poetry gives us. We learn how poetry teaches us to live more richly because after all, our lives are based on emotions, and we inhabit that world the most, now more than ever. We write some new poems as well as polish the ones from the previous session.
Feedback and advice about publishing poetry
We share our final versions, learn the craft of polishing it, and emerge with ideas for new work. We will also learn about the world of publishing as well as some tips for publishing poetry.
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