"Mark Connors delivered an excellent workshop on 'Writing the Voice' in two of our Bradford libraries. The attendees found his session engaging, informative and inspiring. Mark really knows his stuff – he knows how to express the innermost thoughts and feelings of his characters in an authentic, fully rounded way and he was able to encourage others to do the same regardless of where they were on the writing journey. Mark is an intelligent, generous and encouraging tutor who is passionate about writing and the importance of being able to write and to express oneself."
Dionne Hood, Development Officer - Reading and Stock Bradford Libraries - Publishers Publicity Circle 'Librarian of the Year'
This poetry course will help you welcome Spring in, with daily prompts and examples of other poems to help us create a little March magic of our own. Participants can share work via a private Facebook group and each poet will receive in depth feedback from me on five poems written during the month.
Week 1 We'll look at The Persona Poem, with examples and daily prompts to help you bring someone or something to life, via verse.
Week 2 In fixed form week, we'll look at ways older forms can strengthen the power of our poems when applied to contemporary concerns, issues and our personal histories.
Week 3 We'll focus on the increasingly popular Prose Poem. Despite remaining resistant to a satisfactory working definition, we'll take a look at how other poets write theirs and liberate ourselves from the shackles of other forms and free verse.
Week 4 During feedback week, you will receive in depth feedback on five poems you have written during the course from an experienced published poet, managing editor and more recently, a poetry competition judge. It is not compulsory to write poems based on the course prompts. You can submit whatever poems you like.
The course will cost £40 per participant. Ten places will be available at a discounted price of £20 to those in receipt of benefits or those on low incomes.
Mark Connors is an award winning writer from Leeds, UK. He has had over 170 poems published in magazines, anthologies and webzines.
Mark's debut poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015. His first full length collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken was published by Stairwell Books in 2017. His second poetry collection, Optics, was published in 2019 by YAFFLE. A joint collection, Reel Bradford, written with fellow writers from the team behind poetry publishers, YAFFLE, in partnership with Bradford City of Film, was also published in 2019. Mark is at work on his third collection and a collaboration with another poet.
Mark is a managing editor for poetry publishers, YAFFLE, a creative writing tutor, a compere for poetry events and a bibliotherapist.
"As someone new to the poetry lark, I've really enjoy Mark's workshop group and I feel that I have developed quickly in a short time."
"Mark's workshops are so supportive. Mark is a great tutor, who helps inspire and also to nurture confidence in your writing."
"Mark has a way of creating a space where it's safe to explore possibilities, while also challenging us to move beyond our comfortable limitations."