Course Summary


Established Australian poet Claire Gaskin will take you on a journey into the wonderful world of poetry. Whether you are just starting out or are simply curious, this hands on course will not only discuss the various style and features of existing poems but students will be encouraged to write their own, for sharing and discussion.

Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email to register your interest.

Instruction will be given in basic kinds and features of poetry, and examples will be provided for clarification and discussion. The group will workshop participants’ own poems written during the course. Beginners are welcome. Those working on a poetry project may ask for the opportunity to present it for responses and discussion.

Students will write a number of poems during the course; perhaps a small collection using a range of ideas and techniques. They will understand better their aims in writing poetry, and gain experience in evaluation and revision.

Claire Gaskin has been teaching all forms of writing for twenty eight years and publishing poetry since 1985.

She judged the C.J. Dennis Prize for a poetry collection in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2008 and 2009. She was the judge for The Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize for 2015.

She was the Victorian editor of the literary poetry journal Blue Dog from 2007 through till 2010.

Her poetry is currently studied in a number of tertiary institutions. Her poetry chapbook, A Snail in the Ear of the Buddha was published by SOUP Publications in 1998. She received a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for 2003, in which time she completed a full-length poetry collection, a bud, published by John Leonard Press in 2006. A bud was shortlisted for the John Bray SA Festival Awards for Literature in 2008. Her second full length collection of poetry, Paperweight, was published by Hunter Publishers in 2014.  Her poetry has been anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2009 and 2010, 2013,  Motherlode 2009 and  Australian Poetry edited by John Leonard and published by Puncher and Wattmann. 

Online requirements:

As this online course is delivered via Microsoft Teams, you will need a webcam, microphone and a reasonably good internet connection.

Paper and writing materials, ideas and curiosity, perhaps a favourite poem.

Beginners, those who are curious or interested, poets who need contact with others like-minded, those seeking to hone their writing skills and clarify their ideas about poetry.

Last updated: November 29, 2022 04:46pm