Many pupils and teachers alike are fearful of writing poetry which is a shame as it can be such a fun and powerful tool and a brilliant gateway into wider writing, thinking and performing. In this course, you’ll explore a range of ideas for making poetry seem less scary and more accessible giving you the inspiration, ideas and confidence you need to get your pupils writing.
This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, author of “Using Poetry to Promote Talking and Healing” which includes an anthology of her own poems and dozens of poetry writing prompts. Pooky wrote a poem every day for over three years, just to see if she could get any good at it. The jury is out on that, but she found the process of writing and sharing her poetry powerful indeed and has run many workshops which have inspired other aspiring writers.
Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is the author of several books, and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She runs Creative Education alongside her husband and Mother-in-Law.