I’ve reached the end of my poetry writing workshops with Year 9 students at Didcot Girls’ School. It looked a bit like this:
a storm of unique voices
dozens of mind-freeing doodles
a symphonic display of ideas & imagery
hundreds of doors opened
a flurry of post-it note questions posed.
One aim of these sessions has been to give young writers an insight into being a professional poet/writer/artist (a career they might have dismissed as not having ‘career status’.) So I encouraged them all to ASK QUESTIONS!
Here are some of the many and varied things that they were curious to find out about:
- Why do you write poetry?
- How many poems have you written?
- What’s your new book called?
- Are you a famous poet?
- Did you go to school at DGS when you were younger?
- Is the subject of your new book real or imagined?
- Do you get paid as an author?
- Is being a writer fun – would you recommend it?
- What’s your favourite part about writing poems?
- How much do you earn?
- What inspired you to become a writer?
- Why did you decide to become a poet?
- Do you find it easy to title your poems?
- Do you have a main topic that you write about a lot?
- What’s your favourite genre of poetry?
- What’s your favourite poem (that you haven’t written)?
- Would you give up poetry if you could get another dream job?
It’s been a privilege DGS – THANK YOU! And as I continue the year as your Patron of Writing (with more creative opportunities to come), let’s keep this dialogue going…