Read Like a Writer with Will Harris (Poetry)
Creative and sensitive reading is a must-have addition to any writer’s toolkit. Learn how Forward Prize-shortlisted poet, essayist and editor Will Harris draws inspiration and technique from the books that he loves.
‘Will Harris takes British poetry into new waters.’
This friendly online session is perfect for anyone who wants to use poetry to tell stories and explore ideas or is interested as a reader in how the process works. Discussion points may include:
- How do you convey an idea of experience through poetry?
- How do you select the right form to fit the content?
- How can we make our poems hold complex ideas about our culture?
You will hear Will share a passage from a book that has helped to inspire his writing, as well as details on how he uses creative reading to inform his own explorations of narrative and form. Will’s poetry is often about human encounters and intimacies, and he has a real eye for the oddities and surprises of everyday life.
- Discover how to be an attentive reader, and how to use this skill to strengthen your own writing
- Discuss the writing that inspires you, and learn how to unpick the qualities that you would like to improve your own work
- Try an exclusive guided exercise designed to free up your own writing
This session is designed for readers and creative writers of all levels – whether you’d like to get a flavour for how our writing workshops work, or you’re a more established writer looking for inspiration and to reconnect with the joy of close reading.
‘I enjoyed hearing from someone who’s been at the difficult stage I am currently at and hearing how they progressed’ – Participant, Read Like a Writer with Megan Bradbury
‘Will Harris takes British poetry into new waters. […] These questing poems rend and render, they tear and they give. Many are heart-stopping: the kind of poem that makes you put down the book for a while just to breathe’ – Sarah Howe, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize
One bursary place is available for this workshop. Click here to apply >>
Will Harris is a writer of Chinese Indonesian and British heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School. He is a Contributing Editor at The Rialto and a fellow of The Complete Works III. Published in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation, he has been featured on Poetry International and in ES Magazine as part of the ‘new guard’ of London poets. His poem ‘SAY’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018, and he received a Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. His debut pamphlet of poems, All this is implied, published by HappenStance in 2017, was joint winner of the London Review Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year and shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. Mixed-Race Superman, an essay, was published by Peninsula Press in 2018 and in an expanded edition by Melville House in the US in 2019. He co-edited the Spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review with Mary Jean Chan. His first full poetry collection, RENDANG (UK: Granta; US: Wesleyan University Press), is a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2020. Website