5 November 2002

Saturday 16 November 10am – 4pm St. Helens Neighbourhood House,
25 Circassion St. St. Helens. The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents best-selling poet Phil Rush. Phil will present his Workshop for Beginner and Developing Poets.
Participants are encouraged to bring along some of their own work. The workshop will discuss the definition of poetry, and its various forms, (including examples of each type) along with the opportunity to write a poem, or poems of their own in a style of their own choosing. The "mechanics" (ie - the "way" to write), and the structure of poems will be discussed, and some "tips and tricks" for getting started, and finding topics etc. suitable for various poetry forms. There will be discussion on metre, rhythm and rhyme, and also on non-rhyming and blank verse. There will be opportunity for question and answer sessions after each aspect is discussed. Participants will leave the workshop knowing a little more regarding poetry theory, form and structure, and an added confidence in their own ability to write poems of a standard that will give them some satisfaction.

PHIL RUSH has become one of Australia's most prolific and best-selling poets of recent times. Total sales of his books have brought sales approaching 100,000 copies, a remarkable achievement! Phil has been the ABC's "Country Hour" poet in Tasmania for the past eight years, and is often heard on other programmes as well. Along with 9 books of poetry, he has also written a novel, Bess, the Black Orphington Swaggie, (which is soon to be re-released) and a thirty-episode serial, Yendara. Phil has recently released his first CD, Australian Outback Poems. Philip Rush's style of poetry and wonderful sense of humour appeal to all ages as he draws on his life experiences to bring Australia's outback to life.

The cost of this workshop is only $11 for TWC & BoDWInc members and $25 for others. To book your place in this workshop contact the Tasmanian Writers' Centre on 6224 0029 or e-mail us at admin@tasmanianwriters.org.

Phil Rush appears in St Helens with the support of the Regional Arts Fund; a Federal Government initiative supporting the Arts in regional and remote Australia.

Sunday 24 November 10am - 4pm in the Green Room of the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street (corner of Burnett Street), North Hobart. The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents the Hobart City International Writer in Residence, RICHARD FOERSTER. In this workshop participants will explore the various components of effective poetry using a varied sampling of contemporary poems as models. Participants’ poems will be discussed in light of those models to discover effective strategies for revising their drafts. The outcome of this workshop is to enable participants to pursue their writing with greater awareness and command of the process and techniques involved in the crafting of poems.

RICHARD FOERSTER lives in York Beach, Maine, in the U.S. and is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Double Going (BOA Editions, 2002). His many Honours include the "Discovery"/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and the 2000/2001 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. He has worked as a lexicographer, educational writer, typesetter, and as the editor of the literary magazine Chelsea. The cost of this workshop is only $11 for TWC members and $25 for others. To book your place in this workshop contact the Tasmanian Writers' Centre on 6224 0029 or e-mail us at admin@tasmanianwriters.org. Richard Foerster appears in Hobart with the support of the Hobart City Council’s Cultural Grant Program.

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