Arvon at Home Masterclass: Body of Words

Zoom masterclass with Helen Mort

Thursday June 10th 2021, 11:00 am BST


Sometimes your theme might be staring back at you from the mirror: the body you live in. In this poetry masterclass we’ll look at writers who have written unflinchingly about the body, its limits and capabilities, its joys and its flaws, its health and illnesses. We will also explore work which transcends the body, or captures disembodied feelings. Is a poem like a body, a living breathing thing? Can the writing process itself be embodied? Poets discussed will include Sharon Olds, Andrew McMillan, Jorie Graham, Kim Moore, Lucille Clifton and Liz Berry. There will be time for your own writing and a series of writing prompts.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (11 am – 1 pm) including time for you to write. You will need to have a computer or smart device and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. Bookers unable to join the live session will be able to view this Arvon Masterclass up to two weeks after the event. You must book your place before the event starts in order to access this facility.

As part of our wider effort to increase participation in the arts, concessionary places are available for this course.

Cost: £35 (concession: £17.50)


"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."

—Masterclass participant

"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."

—Masterclass participant

"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."

—Masterclass participant



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