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Writing Poems That Matter

30 November, 2021 @ 18:00 - 20:00

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An event every week that begins at 18:00 on Tuesday, repeating until 30 November, 2021

About this event

In this three-week course, we will unpack, through poetry, the question of what it means to be alive in 2021, and through that, what matters to you.

How to find your voice amidst the swirl of headlines, updates, feeds? Write your way through the ‘everything’ of it, curating poems that become places to feel grounded, possible, seen?

Through an initial exploration of what matters to you, and why, Jim will offer flexible writing exercises and prompts, enabling self-exploration, encouraging creative confidence.

From leaning into the urgency of ‘now’ leading to surprising discoveries, to how the 2AM Tweet can exist alongside frost on a wing mirror within a poem, this course will give your writing room to let everything in, then choose what to keep, what to discard.

As suitable for previously published writers, as those who have yet to pick up a pen.

Throughout this course, you will…

  • Explore your response to what you feel and think during the current times we are living in, translating that energy into poems you can be proud of.
  • Write poems centered around what matters to you, receiving ongoing, generous feedback throughout.
  • Unpack the ‘DNA’ that makes up your experience of moving through the world, using it to anchor what you would like to explore, both on and off the page.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of what can ‘belong’ in the world of a poem.
  • Be introduced to a diverse selection of contemporary poetry, that reflects the times we are living in, whilst being in conversation with what came before.
  • Feel encouraged, supported, and valued as part of a welcoming, enjoyable space, that will be sensitive to any needs you may have.


The course aims to welcome all experience and ability levels, and have each participant leave with a greater sense of possibility and permission, around what a poem can be, or become.

About Jim Otieno-Hall

Jim Otieno-Hall is a writer, educator, and support worker based in Nottingham. His published work includes: Upon Arrival, Drop Your Cool (2014), Boy (2015), and ELSEWHERE (forthcoming).

He has served as writer-in-residence at a range of secondary schools with First Story, is the lead writer for two Writing East Midlands’ Nottinghamshire Young Writers groups, has previously worked as Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature’s Programme Manager, and runs online creative writing courses for adults, children and teenagers, with Creative Writing Ink.

Jim firmly believes in ‘leaving out no one’ when it comes to accessing creativity, and that everyone has a story to tell.

Book your place

This 3-part course will take place on Tuesday 16th, 23rd and 30th November @ 6pm – 8pm.

Tickets cost £36 for NWS Members and £54 for general admission. Book your ticket below, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.


This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both. A link will be sent out shortly before the workshop to the email address you enter at the time of booking.


30 November, 2021
18:00 - 20:00
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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