Arvon at Home Masterclass: Writing the Body

Zoom masterclass with author and artist Khairani Barokka

Thursday April 1st 2021, 11:00am BST


Our writing houses may be temporarily closed, but Arvon remains very much open: to helping people make space for creativity and to connecting them with the finest writing tutors. For the first time, Arvon is bringing its celebrated writing workshops online.

Arvon at Home Masterclass: Writing the Body Craft Talk

This course is for anyone inhabiting a body, with a desire to translate your felt world into poetry. We will embark on exercises bringing keen attention to sensory input from our breathing, ever fluidly-changing selves, translating the deeply individual languages of the body into poetic exercises. However you identify the vessel you live in, this course takes on poetics as a tool to query how we write about our lived experiences; we’ll explore how to write what a body feels, and why we feel we must. We will encourage the translation of our corporeal experiences on the page to generate further investigation—of how the fundamental need to translate inner experiences meets the gap between us and other human and non-human entities.

Khairani Barokka is a writer and artist from Jakarta, whose work has been presented in 16 countries. Her work centres disability justice as anti-colonial praxis. She is currently Researcher-in-Residence and Research Fellow at UAL’s Decolonising Arts Institute, and Associate Artist at the National Centre for Writing (UK). Among her honours, she has been Modern Poetry in Translation’s Inaugural Poet-in-Residence, a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change, an Artforum Must-See, and an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow. Her books are Rope (Nine Arches) and Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis), and she is co-editor of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches). Her next book is poetry collection Ultimatum Orangutan (Nine Arches, March 2021).

(Pic description: Black and white photo of an Indonesian woman with short hair, wearing a top with off the shoulder sleeves. She is sitting on a bench with some greenery behind her.)


The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (11:00am – 13:00pm) 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

Grants are available to help with the course fee


"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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