Poetry course: The Miracle in the Puddle, with Gina Mercer - Hobart

Writers' Centre Event

Poetry course: The Miracle in the Puddle, with Gina Mercer - Hobart
Mon, 05/03/2020 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Bookings: admin@tasmanianwriters.org or phone 6224 0029

Poetry course: The Miracle in the Puddle, with Gina Mercer - Hobart
2.5 hours x 5 sessions, March to July
6pm – 8.30pm, Mondays; 5 March, 26 March, 23 April, 28 May, 25 June
Venue: Meeting room, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
Cost: $240 for Writers' Centre members. Limited to ten places.
Instalments: A deposit of $60 will secure your place, with the balance payable by 28 February.

'Gina Mercer shares Sylvia Plath's capacity to gaze, unflinching, at life's toughest moments but at the same time she is a poet who knows how to have fun, to profoundly celebrate life's joyous moments. And who could imagine saying that of Plath?' - Maureen Bettle, Convenor of Creative Writing, University of Canberra.

In this series of five monthly classes, Gina will assist the group to read and discuss a variety of poetry, experience the joy of playing with words, discover the miracle in the puddle, write new and surprising poems, develop editing skills, and become part of a community of poets.

Your experience with writing poetry need not be extensive. Gina creates a non-judgmental, encouraging atmosphere where risk-taking is welcomed. Classes will be stimulating, engaging, and will extend poetry practice, for poets at all levels of development, in unexpected ways. They will focus on both the wonderfully messy act of writing a poem as well as the pleasures of refining your craft and technique.

Gina Mercer is a poet who has taught creative writing and literature in universities and communities for over 25 years. She has published four collections of poetry, Handfeeding the Crocodile (Pardalote Press, 2007), Seasoned with Honey (Walleah Press, 2008 - a collaboration with 3 other poets), Night Breathing (Picaro Press, 2006), The Ocean in the Kitchen (Five Islands Press, 1999) as well as a novel, Parachute Silk (Spinifex Press, 2001) and two academic books. Gina holds a BA (Hons) and PhD in literature from University of Sydney as well as a Grad Dip Ed (Tertiary). She was the editor of Island from 2006 to 2010.