John's experience in running writers' workshops goes back twenty years. He can offer workshops on poetic technique (rhythm, rhyme, form and structure), finding ideas for poems, editing and criticising poetry, analysing poetry, how to finish a poem, how to read a poem aloud, how to prepare and plan readings as well as practical workhops on publishing, editing and study. Find below a list of workshops offered by John Hudson. These can be built into courses and development tools for groups and individuals. Contact John for further details or to make a booking.
One of the most important steps towards self-development as a creative writer is to correctly define the relationship between one's poetry and the poem. This workshop takes the participant on a journey away from the ego into the realm of the creative community through a series of revealing exercises.
Creating a newsletter
The group divide into two teams. Each group is assigned the task of producing a two page newsletter in a day around a field or topic that demands research and the use of varied skills, including writing, presentation and distribution.
Performing your work
You've written your masterpiece but what happens when you have to read it in public? How do you get your message across and hold your audience's attention. This workshop, with a practical bias, presents simple techniques and advice so that the reader can do justice to the writer.
Editing is a skill that can be applied in two areas. Editing others' work develops techniques that can also be applied to editing one's own work. This workshop covers simple correcting right through to critical evaluation and the assembly of varied works into a cogent sequence. This workshop links in well with starting and running a magazine and creating a newsletter.
Half day or full day.
What does an editor look for when you submit work for publication? What can you do to enhance your chances of being accepted? This workshop covers researching the market, presentation of work and also strategies for dealing with rejection.
New ways of publishing
With the advent of POD (print on demand) a whole new publishing industry is developing. Self-publishing and e-books are changing the way we read and write. This workshop deals with the nitty-gritty of getting your work out there through agencies such as Lulu and discusses its benefits and its drawbacks.
Writing and the Web (inc. web 2.0)
Writing for websites often involves exactly the opposite principles to those employed in conventional printed authorship. It can mean the difference between being read or being clicked through. This workshop deals in the basic principles of addressing your Web readership, offering practical examples of how to approach writing for Web pages.
Starting and running a magazine
This ambitious workshop deals with the nuts and bolts of getting a literary magazine up and running - and keeping it running. From naming it to assigning jobs to design considerations and editorial policy to printing, distributing and funding, you will end up with a blue-print for creating successful journal.
Writing for money - copywriting
Learn and earn! We all have to earn our living and copywriting for companies and websites and clients can offer the writer a great opportunity to hone their skills. This workshop deals with how to find work and how to approach the tasks you may be set and also deals with the financial issues involved.
What makes a poem - and what doesn't?
The pitfalls and the peaks of poetic endeavour! Starting with preparation and creation to editing, this workshop also tells you what to watch out for as you craft your inspiration into the finished poem. It also addresses the issues of fashion in poetic appreciation and encourages you to be yourself!
Some basic poetic forms
How to handle the couplet, the quatrain, the ballad, the sonnet - form in the arts is as fundamental as night and day. Learn the subtleties of these long-revered and esteemed forms, practise them. It's like learning to dance the tango, and as you get better it becomes more and more fun. (N.B. Not all forms can be handled in one workshop.)
Half day or 2 x half days.
a) The Renaissance - Marlow, Shakespeare, Donne
b) Neo-Classicism - Dryden, Pope, Goldsmith
c) The Romantics - Wordsworth, Keats, Byron
d) Moderns - Pound, Eliot, MacDiarmid
e) Contemporary poetry - Armitage, Harrison, Carol-Ann Duffy
Learn how to read and appreciate these great eras of poetic creativity and then try to integrate what you learn into your own style. This workshop can be presented as a half day taster or as a course of 5 half days covering each era consecutively, or a single era can be covered in a half day for particular purposes.
Half days per topic of half day taster.
Layout and design 1
This workshop takes current design formulas to be found in contemporary magazines and traces the style and layout techniques back to their origins with the aim of developing an awareness of important style issues, enabling you to develop your own designs for your own magazine.
Layout and design 2
Using Microsoft Office as our platform, this workshop teaches the fundamentals of setting up files and formats, layout preparation, content requirements including basic graphics preparation, and covers output options. It also deals with the basics of visual presentation on the page and facing pages.
Writing press releases and e-bulletins
Simply announcing something isn't enough. You have to grab your reader's attention and then keep it while making sure that you impart all the necessary and often technical information in a few hundred words. Learn how to say a lot in a little space and keep it entertaining.
The ad as poetry
Ever thought a certain advert or ad copy is like a poem? Brief, sweet, memorable; good advertising copy uses many of the techniques we employ to write our poems. So what's the difference (apart from the fact that advertising copy earns you money)? Whether working for a big company or advertising your latest newsletter or charity event, the techniques of poetry can really get your message across and advertising can teach us something about poetry.