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Online Workshops


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 a short 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’, ‘Being Alive with Merleau-Ponty’, ‘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’, ‘Conversational Poetry’, ‘Found Response Poems’, and so on.

Given current demand, Louise and I will be offering some less challenging workshops for poets and writers in addition to the main workshop.

The online workshops has produced some wonderful poems in the past and I am hoping that this new series will be equally as productive for each participant. It is different, inspiring, challenging and enlivening. It is available at £15. Please email to book a space. I shall be providing times and dates shortly as well as more information. ZOOM is a joy to use and much better quality than Skype.

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.

The next workshops will be on

Saturday, 4th April from 10.00 am. Poetry of Solitude.

Saturday, 18th April from 10.00 am Fragments and Stillness

Saturday, 25th April from 10.00 am repeat of Multilingual Poetry workshop

Saturday, 2nd May from 10.00 am new workshop

Saturday, 30th May from 10.00 am new workshop

Saturday, 27th June from 10.00 am new workshop

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.


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 £22 per session.

The next workshops will be at The White Horse, Stourpaine

Refreshments available from 9.30 am at each workshop

Saturday, 4 April 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 2 May 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 30 May 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 27 June 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 25 July 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 22 August 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 10 October 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 7 November 2020 from 10.00 am

Saturday, 5 December 2020 from 10.00 am

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.



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