Wednesday 27 August, 2014. 6.30 – 8.30pm
Carmelite Centre, Melbourne

“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