Arvon at Home Masterclass: Danger and Risk

Zoom masterclass with Caroline Bird

Tuesday October 27th 2020, 19:00pm GMT


‘The poem carries love and terror, or it carries nothing’ – Jane Hirshfield

What does it mean to write a dangerous poem? How do we venture out onto the thin ice of our own minds without falling through? How do we write poems about our secrets without exposing them; hide behind images in order to reveal? The nature of risk in poetry is entirely relative – a radically gentle poem can be just as dangerous as a disturbingly violent one, it depends on which path is the least taken. This masterclass is all about untaken paths, emotional and linguistic risk, and how we can write ourselves into uncomfortable places whilst, somehow, miraculously, enjoying it.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (19:00 – 21:00) 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. This is a live event only and it will not be recorded.

There are limited number of grants available for people on low-income. These are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please contact to apply.

Cost: £35


"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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