All our events at the moment are held online. To find out what's on the go, please sign up for Notifications and Special Offers on the home page of the website. 

New things are in planning all the time, including some interactive workshops. All those we've advertised so far (details below) are now full (sorry) but they're unlikely to be the last. So please email me if you'd like to be added to a list for next time round. I've left the detail on this page so you can get the idea of the sort of thing we're doing.

HappenStance Workshops

A new venture: we're offering some online writing workshops (using Zoom). These will be the first (but hopefully not the last) in the Unlocked series and designed for anyone interested in writing poems.

Unlocked: Writing about Fear
Helena Nelson & Annie Fisher

Monday, 1 June: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Thursday, 4 June: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Duration: approximately two hours, with some optional follow up.
Cost: £25.00 (one place available free to those on low incomes)

Number of participants: 9 (this excludes the two presenters)
To reserve a place, please email, with your preferred date. She will send you more information and explain how to pay.

Writing OPOI reviews: for new or low-confidence reviewers
Helena Nelson & Charlotte Gann

Wednesday, 10 June: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Duration: approximately 2 hours.
Cost: Free

Number of participants: 6 (this excludes presenters)

This is a fully participative workshop, in which we will

  • read and talk about poetry pamphlets and how an OPOI review is developed 
  • clarify the house style and principles of the OPOI reviews
  • share some experience of the editing process
  • encourage participants to write their own OPOI

Email for more information and/or to reserve your place.


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