Saturday August 22, 2015. Crafting Poetry Workshop. 
NSW Writers Centre Saturday August 22, 2015. To enrol, or for more information, go to:


Saturday/Sunday June 27-28, 2015.
Thinking about tackling the verse novel?
Check out my Verse Novel Weekend Workshop at Writers Victoria. To enrol, or for more information, go to…/event/the-verse-novel/

Poetry Reading at The Gods Cafe, ANU, Canberra. 
Tuesday May 12, 2015.  Lisa Jacobson &  Andy Kissane

Want to learn more about poetry?
Sunday May 10, 2015. Crafting Poetry Workshop. ACT Writers Centre. To enrol, or for more information, go to:

Friday May 1, 2015.
University of Canberra Poetry Symposium
Out of the Darkness: the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires. Poetry: the language that is used to speak the unspeakable, when no other words will do. Come and hear me talk about poetry, disaster, loss and resilience in my panel session.

Poetry on the Move: ‘From Darkness into Light’  This event is free. With Geoff Page, Jordie Albiston, Sarah Day & others. To register or for further information, go to:

Wednesday 27 August, 2014. 6.30 – 8.30pm
“A concern with the sacred and with spiritual life might readily be associated with many nations … but Australia is not one of them,” wrote poet & academic Dennis Haskell in 2009. Enjoy a glass of wine with poet Andy Jackson & myself, & the spirit of poetry, as we discuss the place of soul in Australian poems. Yikes!Camelite Centre Reading


WHAT SUSTAINS US IN HARD TIMES: Poetry & Memorials after the Black Saturday Bushfires.

Edge of the Sacred Conference. Alice Springs. 17 – 20 July, 2014 Venue: White Gums, Alice Springs. Date of seminar: Thursday 17 July, 1.30pm A conference gathering to explore & express meaning & purpose in our lives, connections beyond ourselves, ethics to guide us, & practices to sustain us as cultures change, collide and consume our deepest spirits. For more information please email Lisa Jacobson via the CONTACT page on this website.

VERSE NOVEL WRITING COURSE Calling all verse novelists! Those who are writing one, those who have an idea that wants to be one, those who are stuck in the middle of one, or at the beginning.

Presented by Lisa Jacobson in association with Writers Victoria

Writing a verse novel is like riding a horse: the story wants to gallop home but the poetry must be reined in. It can be a rewarding ride, but one that requires tenacity and trust in the creature itself. This course covers the essentials in an exploratory and evolving manner. There will be a Q&A, examples of the form and workshopping. Participants will have a work-in-progress or strong concept ready to go. The course will cover:

  • Handling plot, time and narrative in verse
  • Keeping the verse in the verse novel
  • Sustaining a book-length poem
  • Essential devices of the form
  • More about contemporary verse novels and what’s out there

VENUE Writers Victoria The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne DATES: 4 x Saturdays: July 26, August 2, 9 & 16, 2014: 10am–4pm COST Writers Victoria members: $520 Concession members: $490 Non-members: $620 To book online, and to read my Q&A about verse novels, go to