Online Poetry Masterclass with Ron Pretty

As part of the South Coast Writers Centre's Online Writing Workshop Program, poetry veteran Ron Pretty will run a 10-week poetry masterclass that writers can do from the comfort and safety their own home.

Every Monday, participants will email a poem to workshop facilitator Ron Pretty and all other participants. In the following week, members of the group are invited to respond to everyone’s poems.

As a matter of course, Ron will respond to all participants by the end of the week. The program is designed to improve participants’ writing by showing how Ron and other members respond to their poems, and to develop their critical skills through responding to other members’ poems. Now, you can write to the beat of your own creativity, and find out what works best for you—all while refining your craft with one of the most accomplished Australian poets out there. Sign up to be a part of this friendly, encouraging environment, and get to where you need to be.

On Monday 13 July 2020 at 10:00am to Monday 14 September 2020 11:00am


This workshop will run entirely online over Zoom. Participants will receive an invitation link to join the sessions before the first session after they have booked a ticket.

You will need to register for a free Zoom account and download the Zoom app onto your device before the workshops. This process should take less than 15 minutes, but is recommended to do ahead of time.


Ron Pretty has been writing for over forty years, and has taught writing to participants in schools, universities and community groups. Ron Pretty’s most recent book of poetry, his eighth, The Left Hand Mirror, was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2017. The third edition of his Creating Poetry was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2015. He published 230 books by Australian poets between 1987and 2007 as publisher for Five Islands Press. He won the NSW Premier’s Special Prize for services to literature in 2000 and received an AM for services to Australian literature in 2001. He judged the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize (sponsored by Five Islands Press) in 2014 and 2016.

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