Mark Pajak workshop: Killing Time

Mark Pajak workshop: Killing Time
Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street Building 12.5.14 (Room 14 on 5th Floor), Sheffield S1 2ND
Sunday 19 May
£20 (advance booking only)
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“… I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together.”

Join our poet-in-residence Mark Pajak for a poetry writing workshop. Every narrative needs conflict. What better, more primal and dramatic way than to introduce a little violence into the story? Storytellers have been doing this for millennia. However, violence as a narrative ingredient is like salt – too much will spoil the broth and even contemporary writers can overdo it. Harold Pinter’s war poetry was famously dismissed as “big sweary outburst[s]” in Don Paterson’s 2004 T.S. Eliot lecture. So how can a writer tap into the drama of a violent instance without straying into melodrama?

With close reading and discussion (looking at the work of poets such as Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney and Robin Robertson) the Killing Time workshop will focus on how poets can write about violence indirectly, particularly with poems of ‘build-up’ and ‘aftermath’. Then by making use of narrative planning and writing exercises, participants will produce their own subtle yet dramatically charged poems.

Access Information:
The Charles Street building has wheelchair access, lifts and multiple accessible toilets. Detailed information can be found here: