Keeping it Fresh & Fun

Date: May 9th, 9am-12pm, May 16th, 9am-12pm
Location: Online
Faculty: Helen Heath
Cost: $80 for the two days
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How can we incorporate apparently dry facts and research into our poetry while keeping it fresh and fun?

Join Helen Heath for a two-day workshop on found poems, ventriloquism, and randomisation.

Day one: We will write found poems and monologues using research and randomising techniques. Helen will talk about the process of writing ‘Are Friends Electric?’ and the techniques she used before you’ll be doing some writing exercises of your own.

Day two we will workshops the poems. Be prepared to do some homework before the workshop and bring along some material to work with. Come ready to share your writing with the class.

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at

Helen Heath Helen Heath is a poet, essayist and academic from the Kāpiti Coast, Wellington. Her debut collection of poetry Graft was published in May 2012 by Victoria University Press to critical acclaim. Graft won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry award in 2013 and was the first book of fiction or poetry to be shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize, also in 2013. Her poems, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in a range of Australasian journals and magazines. Helen holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University. Her thesis explores how contemporary poetry can actively participate in the interpretation of scientific or philosophical ideas – allowing public engagement with cultural dialogues. Her most recent collection of poems, about the intersect between people and technology, is Are Friends Electric? (VUP 2018).