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2 minutes reading time (358 words)

Tanka and Talents

 Tanka and Talents

 A poetry workshop at 

Canada Water Library, London, SE16





Saturday September 15th 2018 1.30-4.30pm

A small low cost workshop for both new and experienced writers of poetry, facilitated by Alison Clayburn, a poet and fiction writer with thirty years tutoring experience.

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore a fascinating poetic form:Tanka, and then write freely on a topic:Talents



1.   The tanka is an ancient Japanese form using just five lines. Concise, like haiku but allowing for a stronger expression of emotions. We will look at some examples to see how they work then write our own.

2.   We’ll go on to celebrate our talents in a poem... writing is one, of course, but there are more!

3.   There will also be time for feedback and advice on any draft poems you already have 'in the oven'. Bring one along!


The group will be small, confidential and supportive.

Cost:£40.00.To book contact Alison This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Booking deadline: September 12th 2018

Alison Clayburn has been a creative writing tutor for 30 years in different settings ... she started in prison, went on to community based settings, mental health support settings and further and higher education. Along the way she gained an MA in Writing for Personal Development, poetry and short fiction from Sussex University and contributed to the development of Lapidus. Her main interest is in the crossover between self therapeutic writing and powerful poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

She has developed courses in self exploratory writing and now works independently, running workshops in Writing for Pleasure, Poetry and Writing for Self Discovery and supporting writers one to one. Much of her work is based on her local community of Rotherhithe SE16. - 

Creative Writing in the Therapeutic Encounter
Writing for Pleasure


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