May Poetry Group - Practice & Process

Wanting to express the inexpressible? Curious where poetry gets its power? Seeking inspiration and insight? 

Poets are the deep sea divers of the psyche and the soul, so set free your poetic heart and voice while also gaining an appreciation for past and present masters of this mysterious art. 

Learn to trust your 'first thoughts', make ideas visible in the mind's-eye, dig up deep wisdom and emotion, and give the imagination a task... while also experimenting with rhyme & rhythm, form & structure... In-class exercises and assignments will help you develop your creative capacity, cultivate confidence, build beauty... and practice your performance reading. Suitable for all with a penchant for poetry! 

*This class will be on-going, continuing on one morning each term before a monthly writing group class. 

*During COVID: Students studying on-site at NSCC will be expected to assist their tutor in a post-course clean down of the room & anything used during this time. Please understand we are putting in strict protocols across the board to ensure the safety of our entire community.

Materials List

Bring writing materials and a hot drink. Please note, due to COVID-19 our shared kitchen facilities are not currently available.

Tutor: Janet Fennell

Janet is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, reviewer, essayist and poet who has an MA in Writing and has been teaching creative writing for more than 15 years. Her short stories (general fiction, romance, science-fiction) have appeared in various magazines and newspapers (eg. Woman’s Day, The West Australian) and her novel ‘Only Myself’ was published by HarperCollins. Janet studied English & Communication (BA), Librarianship (DipLib) and Writing (MA) at university, as well as script - writing at the AFTRS, and spent many years working in library management, public relations and corporate communications (including speech - writing) before turning to fiction and teaching. Janet runs her courses, seminars and workshops independently as well as through libraries and community centres and as an occasional guest presenter at universities. She was born in the UK, spent her adolescence in NZ, and, following a period of travelling the world, moved to Australia in 1989. Apart from books and writing, Janet’s other passions include the arts, wildlife and conservation, travel and gardening. She divides her time between Sydney and the Blue Mountains where she currently lives and where the play and novel she is writing are set.