Writing by Numbers with Ken Cockburn

Saturdays 18 July - 15 August

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A series of five Zoom-based writing sessions, for 12-18 year olds, using numbers as an inspiration for poetry.

Poems, of course, use words, but they often use numbers as well.

A poem where each stanza is 4 lines long.
The 14 lines of a sonnet, or the 17 syllables of a haiku.
We might write about the 4 seasons, our 5 fingers, the 7 days of the week, the 12 months of the year.
Or an alphabet poem, with a line or a stanza for each of the 26 letters.

In these sessions, sometimes numbers will guide the form of the poem, and sometimes what we write about.

The sessions will be a mix of whole group discussion, conversations in break-out rooms, writing exercises and sharing work, with some optional writing exercises to do between sessions.

Suitable for anyone aged between 12 and 18. No experience necessary, just curiosity and a willingness to experiment.

The sessions are led by Ken Cockburn. Ken has led writing workshops for children, young people and adults all over Scotland. In 2018 he worked with pupils from Lewis and Harris on poems about the sinking of the ‘Iolaire’. He is based in Edinburgh.