2356 Online: Three Seasons of Poetry with Jen Hadfield – Season 2

2356 Online: Three Seasons of Poetry with Jen Hadfield - Season 2

Date(s) - Tue 14th Feb - Thu 30th Mar, 2023
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join poet Jen Hadfield online this February for the second of three seasons of poetry.  These present poetry as a vital and accessible art-form relevant to the world and times we live in now, with particular focus on voice, experimentation and ecopoetics. The sessions are suitable for writers of all levels of confidence and experience and will be supportive, open-minded and informal. 

Jen will lead your course with a small group of 12 writers, focusing on a new theme each season. Online group sessions will include tutored workshops, close-reading and writing exercises, discussion and feedback sessions, online writing spaces and a group forum where you can share work with your peers between sessions.  

Your group will meet roughly fortnightly on Zoom, with technical support provided by your Moniack Mhor host. You are welcome to book for all available seasons in advance, or season by season. We will do our best to offer priority booking to continuing participants in seasons two and three. 

Each writer will also receive a one-to-one tutorial with Jen each season where you can submit up to  2 poems | 3 pages in advance and then discuss them with Jen in your 40-minute tutorial. 


Course outline

Season 1 – Identity in poetry (8 November to 22 December 2022)

In this season your focus will be on ideas around belonging, voice, writing politically about shared concerns, laureateship, fictionality and confessional poetry.

Form focus: ‘Infestation’

Season 2 – Intention and intuition (14 February to 30 March 2023)

In Season 2 we will explore collage, erasure, automatic processes, translation, versioning, collaborations. Where does poetry come from? Do we try to write poetry, or let poetry come to us? What about cliché? How can we make new language from old?

Form focus: Artist Book

Season 3 – Ecopoetics (dates tbc, April to early June)

In our final season, we’ll be asking ‘Where am I?’ We’ll discuss poetry to anchor us in the Here and Now, strategies for creative processing of existential concerns, and explore poems of praise and grief.

Form focus: Organic, intuitive forms

Each season includes:
  • A one-to-one tutorial with Jen Hadfield to discuss your own work (40 minutes)
  • Two ‘inspiration’ sessions (2 hours each)
  • One form-focus workshop (2 hours)
  • Three 40-minute ‘write together’ sessions per season
  • One group sharing session to hone your critical skills and develop your confidence in giving feedback (2 hours)
  • An end-of-season ceilidh to share your work with your group (2 hours)
Season 2 dates
  • Tues 14 Feb, 6.00-8.00pm  – Welcome | catch-up and Inspiration session #1 
  • Tues 21 Feb, 6.00-6.40pm – Write together 
  • Tues 28 Feb, 6.00-8.00pm – Form Focus – Artist book
  • Tues 7 Mar, 6.00-6.40pm  – Write together 
  • Tues 14 Mar, 6.00-8.00pm  – Inspiration session #2 
  • Tues 21 Mar, 6.00-6.40pm  – Write together 
  • Tues 28 Mar, 6.00-8.00pm – Group feedback session
  • Thurs 30 Mar, 6.00-8.00pm  – Ceilidh


Season 3 dates

These will be confirmed but will most likely run for eight weeks between April and June.


The fee per season is £300.


Tutor biography

Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland. Her first collection, Almanacs, won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003. Her second collection, Nigh-No-Place, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. She won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition in 2012. Her fourth collection The Stone Age, published by Picador in 2021, explores neurodiversity and recently won the prestigious Highland Book Prize 2021. She is also working on a collection of essays about Shetland, where she is building a house, very slowly.



This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on info@moniackmhor.org.uk or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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