ExpiredSome Exercises for the Poetic Muscle

  • Some Exercises for the Poetic Muscle
    May 29, 2021
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

This workshop will examine sample poems, discuss elements of craft and explore the way certain poems are inspired, written and edited. Come with paper and pen or digital device prepared to experiment with writing exercises and write new poems.

We’ll look at a a range of poems by various poets, including Robert Hass, Hone Tuwhare, Bill Manhire, Nina Mingya Powles, and Mohamed Hassan. Alison will also include some of her own poems to reveal the permutations of writing them.

The workshop is suitable for all levels, for anyone wanting to work their poetic muscle.

Please note that this workshop will be held in the upstairs room. More detail about the room is provided below.

Limit of 12 participants. Find out more about scholarships

Some feedback from participants in Alison’s workshop Some Exercises for the Poetic Muscle:

The poetry workshop was a great, non-threatening opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn tips and techniques for expressing myself from more experienced writers, have time and space to try out some specific exercises, and share thoughts and feedback.

A gifted teacher. Shared lots of knowledge and was very encouraging. Down to earth and gave very helpful constructive feedback. I loved the exercises and the readings were spot on. There was enough time to share if you wanted. It was amazing.

I found Alison’s workshop a positive learning experience.




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286 Te Moana Road, Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand


We use two spaces at the Waikanae Baptist Church, both are warm and naturally lit. The first is the ground floor meeting room, with a separate open plan dining area, with access to a garden area. If this is unavailable, we use the upstairs meeting room which a modern, well lit self-contained space.


The venue has a ramp to enter the building and an accessible toilet.
The dining area is a reasonable distance from the meeting room but food can be brought to a participant who is unable to walk there.
The upstairs room is only accessibly by stairs. Wherever possible, we use the ground floor option.

Getting there

Please drive around the back of the venue and enter through the left hand door. The meeting room is the first room on the left.


Refreshments are provided as part of the session. If you have any dietary requirements please mention these when you register.