The main activity at TPS meetings is to workshop our poems. The format is simple, developed to promote the exchange of comments and suggestions in a friendly and respectful atmosphere. Everyone is most welcome to join us at any of the workshop meetings. You do not have to bring a poem on your first visit.
Workshop Format: The poet brings 24 copies which are passed out to those present, and reads the poem while the rest of us follow along on the printed copy. Then the group discusses the poem, providing feedback on what seems to work or not work well for the reader, and making suggestions. The poet listens, but makes no comment. It is by listening to all the opinions that a sense of what enhances the poem becomes clear. There is often disagreement. After the group has finished discussing the poem, the poet has the chance to comment, if he or she wishes to do so. We recommend you read the TPS Workshop Guidelines.
Please note that longer poems (more than a page) should be shared in smaller pieces, due to time restraints. Further, longer poems need more time to be studied and critiqued in a useful way.
If you are writing in a lonely vacuum, find or form a group with other poets. It will enhance your work and theirs too. If you live close to Hamilton, come and join us!
2023-2024 Workshop Schedule
TPS workshops are open to the public. We meet one Saturday a month from 2:00–4:00 p.m. Our meeting venue is the Westdale Public Library, 955 King St. W., Hamilton (unless otherwise noted). Bring 24 copies of your poem, or just come and sit in until you feel comfortable with the process. We recommend you review the TPS Workshop Guidelines.
NOTE: Should meeting details change, this website will be updated and members will be notified.
Saturday, May 13 – Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 9
Saturday, October 14
Saturday, November 11
** Saturday, December 9 — T.B.D. (usually a holiday social)
Saturday, January 13, 2024
Saturday, February 10, 2024
Saturday, March 19, 2024
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Saturday, May 11, 2023 — AGM
Note: There was no Poetry Study in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
(Should workshops be held via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, please observe the following procedures: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put in the Subject Line, “Request to Participate”. Your email address will be noted, and the link will be sent to you on the morning of the workshop. If you would like to submit one poem for critique during the workshop, please include it as an attachment to your email, in pdf format. Your “Request to Participate” must be received by the Thursday prior to the workshop date.)