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Alison Chisholm
Poetry Expert

Southport, Sefton      English

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Alison loves encouraging others to express themselves through poetry. Author of ‘The Handy Little Book of Tips for Poets’, she’s taught creative writing and poetry writing for 25 years.


  • Author of six books including The Handy Little Book of Tips for Poets.
  • Former correspondence course tutor, The Writers Bureau.
  • Former contributor, Writers' News/Writing Magazine.


I have a particular interest in the dynamics of set form poetry, constructing the sonnet, villanelle, terza rima, and the other 250+ forms. Another speciality is finding and developing ideas, and exercises to pep up the writing process. As a competition winner, organiser and adjudicator, I can offer specialist advice on this important area of the poet's life; and as a professional public speaker I can advise on planning a programme and delivering talks and readings. -- Poetry has been at the centre of my life for as long as I can remember - reading it, writing it and writing about it. For me, poetry is a way of making sense of the world around and the universe within. Working on it is rewarding, therapeutic and exciting. I’ve taught creative writing and poetry writing for 25 years, and love encouraging others to express themselves through this powerful medium.


London College of Music , 1974
LAMDA, 1973
Trinity College, London, 1969


Southport College, 0000-00-00 - 0000-00-00
Teaching creative writing/poetry writing in adult education.
Southport Arts Centre, 0000-00-00 - 0000-00-00
Providing workshops in all aspects of creative writing and poetry writing to adults and children in an informal, non-vocational setting.
Writers' News/Writing Magazine, 0000-00-00 - 0000-00-00
Writing columns on all aspects of poetry.
Correspondence course tutor
The Writers Bureau, Manchester, 0000-00-00 - 0000-00-00
Writing a comprehensive course on poetry and then providing feedback to students on their assignments.
Poetry Consultant
BBC Radio Merseyside, 0000-00-00 - 0000-00-00
Selecting poetry for broadcasting in the North West of England, reading poems on air and reviewing books for writers.

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The Handy Little Book of Tips for Poets
Writing Competitions: the Way to Win (with Iain Pattison)
How to Write About Yourself (with Brenda Courtie)
How to Write Five-Minute Features
A Practical Poetry Course
The Craft of Writing Poetry