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Getting Started With Poetry Commissions – Poetry Workshop

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Workshop Details: This is an online course delivered live via Zoom. You’ll need access to Zoom on a mobile, tablet, or computer and an internet connection.

Workshop Date: Monday 6th June 7 pm – 8:30 pm.

Price – £18 per person.


People want to read your work. And people want to pay for your poetry. It’s time you started to promote yourself, share your stories and celebrate after gaining some successful commission opportunities!

In this introductory workshop, we’ll help you get started with poetry commissions. From knowing where to start, and even how to get paid, we’ll set you up with the basics as we explore this important topic in our poetry workshop with Charlotte Lunn.

We will guide you through various exercises and explore the practical steps you can take to start to develop your poetry portfolio.

We’ll cover:

  • Where to look for poetry commission opportunities.

  • The do’s and don’ts of pitching for poetry work.

  • How to communicate with your client and make long-lasting relationships.

  • How to research your topic and meet the brief set by the client

  • Understanding the payment process.

Come prepared to write.

All of our workshops are fast-paced and jam-packed with writing tasks and ideas. Leaving you with lots of activities you can continue within your own time.

We design these sessions to be fun and casual, a chance to take some time out of your busy week and exercise your creative skills, develop your knowledge, and enjoy writing with like-minded people.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You want to learn what’s involved in the commission process.

  • You want to learn how you can apply for poetry commissions and pitch for work.

  • You want to discuss your ideas/questions/ concerns about poetry commissions in a small-friendly group setting.

This workshop is delivered by Charlotte Lunn, Derbyshire based poet, workshop facilitator and bookseller. To find out more about Charlotte listen to her interview on the Derbyshire Writing School podcast.

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