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Poet, critic and Tears in the Fence editor, David Caddy, has more than thirty five years experience teaching poetry and writing in a variety of universities and locations around the world with a range of students.


I shall be holding regular online poetry workshops using email and ZOOM video conferencing.

These workshops will consist of 2,500 word essay sent by email with a set writing task around a technique, theme or issue. The video conferencing will be in two parts. One to discuss the the theme and task, and the second part to provide commentary and feedback on the poems produced. These workshops offer more intense writing experiences for published poets wishing to develop to a more advanced writing level. This will be a special opportunity to interact with other poets whilst also social distancing.

A good number of the regular workshop group will be participating along with others, whom we look forward to welcoming.

I shall be assuming that poets are reasonably well read and wish to extend their understanding of ways to develop and expand their poetry in a contemporary way. The emphasis will be on strategies to develop both reading and writing skills built upon tradition and experiment through the history of modern poetry. I shall be introducing a range of recent and new poetry, several hot off the press books included.

Recent workshops have been entitled ‘In Praise Of Mistranslation’, ‘The uses and development of Ambiguity’, ‘Solitude in the time of Strangeness’, ‘Fragments: some notes’, and ‘From Darkness to Light in Made-up Play’, ‘Light, Birds and Plants in the visionary tradition’, ‘The use of memorable lines’, ‘Transitions’, ‘Found Response Poems’, ‘River Poetry’ and so on.

The online workshops has produced some wonderful poems so far and participants are producing a good range of material from the different approaches being presented. The workshops are different, stemming from our rapidly changing world; inspiring, challenging and enlivening. They are available at £20. Please email to book a space. Due to popular demand I shall be repeating a number of the workshops. ZOOM is a joy to use and much better quality than Skype. Screen Share is a bonus and there have been continual improvements to security this year.

Please pay on the magazine’s website at the Subscribe / Donate page: scroll down for online workshop, which is at the bottom of the subscription type menu.

I am able to offer workshop bursaries as part of our social inclusion policy. Bursary applicants may identify as (but are not limited to) any of the following: BAME writers, writers on no/low income, working class writers, writers from areas of rural or coastal deprivation, writers who have experienced homelessness, refugee writers, writers in the LGBTQ+ communities, writers who have survived abuse, disabled writers, neurodivergent writers, and writers with chronic health conditions.

The next workshops will be on

Saturday, 13th March from 9.50 am Villanelles

Saturday, 20th March from 9.50 am Villanelles

These will be followed by two mentoring specials at £40, concessions £30.

One free bursary will be available for each workshop. These workshops, designed for emerging poets, will examine the mechanics of a poem, include writing prompts, examine what makes a successful poem and how to write for publication. This is an opportunity to meet the editors and get specific feedback on what we are looking for in our selections.Those attending are invited to submit at least two poems as examples of their work – for added benefit we encourage you to submit work that has been rejected by literary publications. In this way we can assess and tailor the workshop to suit its participants.

Saturday, 27th March from 10.00 – 12.30 pm Mentoring special with Louise Buchler

Saturday, 3rd April from 10.00 – 12.30 pm Mentoring special with Louise Buchler

Saturday, 15th May from 9.50 am

Saturday, 22nd May from 9.50 am

Saturday, 29th May from 9.50 am

Saturday, 5th June from 9.50 am

I have suspended my series of Poetry Workshops at the White Horse pub restaurant, Shaston Road, Stourpaine, Dorset DT11 8TA until further notice due to COVID-19. I don’t envisage a return until 2021.


David is available to give poetry workshops in educational institutions, judge poetry and fiction competitions in schools and the community. He has led poetry workshops since the 1980s and is interested in challenging and stimulating working environments as well as residency work.


This workshop series has been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

There will be refreshments, a pub lunch, writing sessions, and critical analysis of poems, critical expositions and the opportunity to share new poems for critical analysis, and to interact with other poets that wish to experiment and move beyond the mundane. Amongst the poets under review will be Astrid Alben, Peter Larkin, John Clare, Ed Dorn, Carrie Etter, Sophie Mayer, Peter Hughes, Sarah Howe, Lorine Niedecker, Lesley Saunders, Geraldine Monk, Vahni Capildeo, Thomas A. Clark, R.F.Langley, Lee Harwood, Hera Lindsay Bird, Eileen Myles, John Wieners, Frank O’Hara, John Donne, Alice Oswald, Dylan Thomas, Shannon Tharp, T.S. Eliot, and so on.

The most recent Online Workshops were inspired by the work of R. F. Langley and Lee Harwood. The current workshop is on changes in poetic register.

Day Workshops

These workshops are £25 per session.

The next workshops will be at The White Horse, Stourpaine

Refreshments available from 9.30 am at each workshop

Book early to avoid disappointment. All welcome

Please email to reserve a place


This service involves critical appraisals, advice on manuscript preparation and development, and guidance towards full collection publication.

One response »

  1. Hi, if you run any of the Zoom workshops from Jan-March) again I would love to take part. I can’t manage the two remaining March dates unfortunately. my email is Thank you, crossing fingers. Cheers Rebecca G


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