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Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG)

Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG) is a group of poets committed to writing and perfecting their poetry.

PEGG’s principles

  1. Poets of all abilities, ages, cultural backgrounds and levels of experience in writing poetry are welcome to attend PEGG sessions.
  2. PEGG attendees practice fairness, kindness, honesty and open mindedness during sessions. Anybody who does not do this may be asked to leave.
  3. PEGG sessions are not intended to be either poetry readings or an opportunity for people to read out their poetry and receive informal feedback. Our sessions have one goal: to workshop/edit attendees’ poems, using the read-aloud/workshopping method presented in Sally-Anne’s September 2019 workshop, How to edit your own poetry .
  4. PEGG meets for a half-day session about every three months at the Moe Library, 1-29 George Street, Moe, Gippsland.
  5. Sally-Anne Watson Kane is the main faciliator of PEGG sessions.
  6. At each PEGG session, attendees have the opportunity to workshop their poems with the other poets in the group using the read-aloud/workshopping method and interactive whiteboard.
  7. At any given PEGG session, there may not be time to edit every attendee’s poems. But if someone misses out on having their poem workshopped at one session, they will get their turn during the next PEGG session.
  8. Although we don’t know what will happen in future, at this time there is no membership fee to join PEGG.

How and why PEGG was created

At the How to edit your own poetry workshop, Sally-Anne Watson Kane (On Time Typing‘s poetry editor) shared the read-aloud/workshopping method she had devised for editing poetry. Afterwards, Sally-Anne and the attendees decided to form a poetry editing group.

Ash came up with the name of Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG). Seamus suggested we hold a poetry editing session every three months. Sally-Anne came up with a set of principles for the group and offered to be the facilitator. Everyone agreed. Thus, PEGG was founded.

History

7 September 2019: the How to edit your own poetry workshop was held 12 pm – 4.30 pm at the Moe Library. Presented by Sally-Anne. Attended by: Ash, Seamus, Kristen and Charles. Feedback: the method of editing your own poetry using the read-aloud workshopping method worked well.

October 2019: Sally-Anne and all four attendees decided to start a new poetry group for workshopping one another’s poems. Thus Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG) was born.

9 November 2019: the first PEGG session was held 12 pm-4.30 pm at the Moe Library. Facilitated by Sally-Anne. Attended by Ash, Seamus and Sally-Anne who workshopped one another’s poems. All were very happy with the results.

The next PEGG session will be held in February 2020. Date TBA.

What you need to do if you wish to attend a PEGG session

  • Let us know you’d like to come, by contacting us at this link: Contact us.
  • Bring to the session: kindness, honesty, a passion for poetry and an open mind.
  • If you have a poem that you want edited by the group, bring your poem saved onto a USB (so we can put it up on the interactive whiteboard), and bring a snack/drink for the break.
  • If you don’t want to have your own poem edited (i.e. you just want to come to learn about editing poetry), just bring a snack/drink for the break.

If you are interested in attending the next PEGG session in Moe, or would like Sally-Anne to hold a poetry editing workshop elsewhere in Victoria, contact Sally-Anne at Contact us.

 


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