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Poetry Feedback Session with Bare Fiction editor, Robert Harper



A perfect opportunity to get some feedback on your poetry from poet, tutor, and editor of Bare Fiction, Robert Harper online via Skype or by Telephone. (Full details below.)

£10 discount for magazine subscribers when you login before booking.


Product Description

A perfect opportunity to get some feedback on your poetry from poet, tutor, and editor of Bare Fiction, Robert Harper. A one-to-one session includes Robert taking a look at some of your poetry prior to you both then having an hours in-depth discussion on how to develop your poems and writing; looking at ways you can improve your work in the weeks and months after your session. You can discuss any aspect of being a poet, including revising your poems, submitting them to magazines*, and reading/performing in front of an audience.

The sessions take place online via Skype or by telephone and last for an hour. You will need to email up to 6 poems (maximum of 150 lines) at least a week before your session to give Robert a chance to read them and consider points for discussion for when you chat.

See the testimonials tab above for comments from other writers regarding their sessions with Robert Harper.

Price and booking details

Each session is £50, or £40 for magazine subscribers (ensure you login before booking to get your discount). To book a session, click the ADD TO CART above and complete checkout to make your payment. Once you receive your confirmation, simply reply to that email with your document attached (one file, preferably in WORD .DOC/.DOCX) and Robert will contact you to arrange a mutually agreeable time to discuss your work.

About Robert Harper

Robert founded Bare Fiction Magazine in 2013 at the same time as he began his MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) & Pedagogic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. After completing his first full collection under the guidance of Jean Sprackland, Robert is now working on a PhD in poetry with a combined critical & creative research project on American Poetry of the mid 20th Century under the supervision of Luke Kennard at Birmingham University. He has taught creative writing in Shropshire for the last 4 years and has edited anthologies and collections for several poets.

His own poetry has been published in journals such as The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Acumen, The Lonely Crowd, Ink Sweat and Tears, And Other Poems, New Welsh Reader, and in anthologies such as ‘#2PoetryAnthology’ (Vanguard Editions), ‘Fathers and What Must Be Said’, ‘A New Manchester Alphabet’, The Every Day Poet, and ‘An Anthology to Seamus Heaney’, and was Highly Commended in the Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Competition in 2014. He regularly reads his work at events across the country and, having been an actor for 25 years, often gives workshops on vocal and performance skills.

Robert is very much looking forward to reading your work and helping you assess the best plan of action to help you improve.

*NB. Booking a poetry surgery session with Robert Harper in no way implies that you will have any preferential treatment when sending your work in to submission windows for Bare Fiction Magazine. All general magazine submissions continue to be anonymous and surgery participants are asked to respect this.

“An hour’s chat with Robert was like taking a dose of vitamin C! Robert had read my poems closely and asked insightful questions as well as offering useful suggestions. For example, we discussed line endings, developing certain images and helping to translate my ideas more clearly. I took the risk to show him poems that were a real mess but Robert left me feeling positive about them and energized to keep editing and developing these poems into something ready to submit to magazines.”
Maria Apichella, Author of Psalmody (Eyewear, 2016), Shortlisted for the Forward Prize, Best First Collection, 2017

“It isn’t always easy to get qualified, objective, good readers to give feedback on poems as they develop. My Skype session with Robert was not only fun and friendly but also incredibly helpful and constructive in aiding me to shape work to it’s best form before submission. Incidentally the poems we worked on are now published and several have done well in competitions.”
Jo Burns 

“The poetry surgeries run by Robert are a wonderful way to get professional editorial insight into a piece of work. Robert was very approachable, offering invaluable criticism and helping to tease out problems to find their solution. The session was relaxed, but by the end I felt my poem to have been through a thorough and much-needed workout. I would recommend Robert’s poetry surgeries to anyone in need of a keen pair of eyes and a professional helping hand.”
Nellie Cole

“The session with Robert was invaluable. His enthusiasm, knowledge and intuition helped me to think differently about line breaks in a couple of my poems and gave me belief in another poem I thought wasn’t working.”
Penny Hughes

“Valuable feedback. Encouraging and realistic, Robert provided some great tips and techniques.”
Becky Danks

“Through a brief, but very constructive and insightful workshop session with Robert Harper at the VERVE poetry festival, I was able to re-work a poem to let the best of it shine through. His close reading, experienced eye and spot-on advice helped turn a struggling poem into a success. I feel fortunate to have collaborated with such a talented poetry mentor and welcome the opportunity to work with him again.”
Jennifer Edwards