Arvon at Home Writing Week: Poetry

Poetry in/of Love

Monday March 7th - Friday March 11th 2022, 16:30 GMT

Online

“A kelson of the creation is love,” wrote Walt Whitman in Song of Myself. What is this thing called love, anyway? It’s what we long for, look for, celebrate, deny, give freely or can’t quite get to. Love can be fleeting, miraculous, murderous, freeing, nourishing, everlasting; it can unlock the best and worst elements of ourselves, tear us to shreds and heal our whole lives. Love, like poetry, is an impossible subject to exhaust, unparaphrasable and therefore eternally alive. Will we ever capture love on a page, once and for all? Nope. Will we ever stop trying? Nope. Together with Kim Addonizio and Caroline Bird, we’re going to take a deep dive into love: reading, listening, and writing until our pens bleed and our hearts ache. How do you bypass cliches to reach true feelings? What’s inside your particular heart? Join us for inspiration, discussion, and a criminal amount of new writing. (And what is a kelson, anyway? Oh, yeah: that’s the part of the boat that makes it stronger.)


We’ll help you to make ‘Arvon at Home’, turning your own place into a writing cocoon, capturing the transformative power of our acclaimed Arvon residential courses: two brilliant author-tutors at your service, a caring and sharing group, the time and space to devote to your writing, invaluable feedback, new writing pals, and the unique creative progress that happens in a dedicated week. 

You will be offered the best of a classic Arvon residential week, with a few virtual tweaks. Spot the difference: a carefully balanced combination of tips to help you focus, daily morning workshops, one-to-one tutorials with both tutors, three evening get-togethers to chat about the day’s work, a mid-week guest reading offer, the celebratory Friday-evening collective reading, and lots of time and encouragement for you to write every day. You will receive a free ticket to our Wednesday evening Live Guest Reading.

All gatherings, one-to-one or group, will be delivered via our own Arvon Zoom, so you’ll need to have a reliable internet connection. Your Arvon host will be on call to offer support as you need it, including any help you may need with your computer set-up. 

To participate, and to get the most out of the week, you’ll need to turn up online for all planned morning sessions, Monday to Friday. You should also set aside your afternoons for tutorials and independent writing time. As part of our wider effort to increase participation in the arts, there are a limited number of concessionary places available for this course.

This event is part of Rachel Long’s Spring 2022 Residency with Arvon. To see all upcoming events in the program please click here.

Dates: Monday 7th March 16.30  — Friday 11th March 20:00
Cost: £400 (concession: £200)

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COURSE TUTORS

I had the chance to speak with two well respected tutors about my work. Being able to do this in one-to-one tutorials was excellent and not reduced in any way by being on Zoom. A good chance for some very good advice. I am now determined to set to work on my writing.

—Writing Week Participant

What a lovely week—worked so well. It’s not the Hurst, but something different and equally special.

—Writing Week Participant

Monday

16.30—17.15 GMT:

Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the week, technology support, and some ideas for making your writing ‘cocoon’. You’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise. There’s likely to be some homework for tomorrow morning

17.20—19.00 GMT:

First writing workshop of the week

Tuesday

10.00—10.45 GMT: Meeting for coffee – everyone gets a chance to meet and speak with their fellow attendees

11.00—13.00 GMT: One-to-one tutorials with Caroline lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week

16.00—18.00 GMT: Everyone meets for the evening workshop with Caroline, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks

18.30—19.30 GMT: One-to-one tutorials with Kim lasting about 20 minutes each.

20.00—21.00 GMT: Kim and Caroline both read from their work

Wednesday

10.00—10.45 GMT: Meeting for coffee – everyone gets a chance to meet and speak with their fellow attendees

11.00—13.00 GMT: Tutorials with Caroline

16.00—18.00 GMT: Everyone meets for the evening workshop with Kim, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks

19.15 – 20.15 GMT: A special live guest reading with Jack Underwood. Jack was recently nominated for the 2021 T.S. Eliot Prize

20.30—21.30 GMT: 2 x tutorials with Kim

Thursday

10.00—10.45 GMT: Meeting for coffee – everyone gets a chance to meet and speak with their fellow attendees

11.00—13.00 GMT: Tutorials with Caroline

16.00—18.00 GMT: Evening workshop with Caroline.

18.15—21.45 GMT: Tutorials with Kim.

Friday

10.00—10.45 GMT: Meeting for coffee – everyone gets a chance to meet and speak with their fellow attendees.

16.00—18.00 GMT: Workshop with Kim.

18.15—19.45 GMT: Tutorials with Kim.

20.00—21.30 GMT: As things wind down, the group share work they have written or worked on during the week.

 

And then...

Next steps: The week doesn’t stop here. You now have a writing community. Stay in touch. Share your work with each other, and take it forward!

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