Friday, March 12, 2021
From Inspiration to Publication: Editing for Poets
with Carmen Bugan
This workshop is for poets who would like to gain an insight into editing their own work, before submitting it to publishers and professional editors. We will look at the three stages of the editing process: the structural edit (where we consider the shape and development of the poem as a whole); the copyediting, or line edit (where we evaluate the contribution each line makes to overall cohesion, and spot issues with grammar); and the proof (where we look for typos, spelling, punctuation, and shape on the page). The session is open to everyone, and it will be particularly useful to those who are working on assembling a full collection. The participants will bring an original poem for the workshop—“a final draft”—and we will work on creating a “finished” piece.
Dr. Carmen Bugan’s books include the memoir Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police, which was a Waterstones Book Club Choice and serialized for radio as BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. The book also won the Bread Loaf Conference Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist in the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The documentary film based on the book has also just been released as part of the Astra Film Festival.
Her collections of poems are: Releasing the Porcelain Birds,The House of Straw, Crossing the Carpathians, and Lilies from America, which won a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. She is also the author of Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile, and her book of essays, Poetry and the Language of Oppression, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. She has a doctorate in English literature from Balliol College, Oxford University.