Arvon at Home Writing Week: Writing for Performance

From page to stage

Monday March 8th - Friday March 12th 2021

Online

Resurgence: Writing for Performance is a practical course that will examine how to construct a poem for live performance, using techniques including imagery, metaphor, narrative, the lyric form, and – most importantly – the building of voice. It will explore the formula for a spoken word poem and how to develop a full spoken word theatre show or poetry set. We will also look at various examples of performance, and how it can apply to different platforms from stage to radio to digital.

This is a course for writers interested in developing their work into the live arena. If you are interested in spoken word, theatre, or taking your poetry off the page this is the course for you.

Tutors Joelle Taylor and Yomi Sode are internationally acclaimed poets working in live performance. They specialise in craft on the page and its transcendence to the stage, and on into multiple media. Both curate and host clubs at the heart of the UK live poetry and spoken word scene.


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 Centre 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.  Last but not lest, we urge you to read your tutors’ published work before the week starts.

Dates: Monday 8 March 5pm  — Friday 12 March 9pm
Cost: £375

If you have any questions about how the week works, or are on a low income and would like to apply for a grant to reduce the course fee please contact communications@arvon.org (grants are limited to four places).

Grants are available to help with the course fee

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

4.30pm—6.30pm: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. The Arvon Centre Director 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

Tuesday

10am—1pm: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion. There’ll be a break in the middle of the session.

2.30pm—5.00pm: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 15 minutes each. You’ll have a tutorial each day with each tutor during the week; the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

5.30pm—6pm: Informal evening get-together (optional). This is a chance to discuss the day’s work, any writing issues, what you’re drinking/eating, and anything else that springs to mind.

6-7pm: The tutors read from their own work and take questions.

Wednesday

The timing is just like yesterday…

10am—1pm: morning workshop

2.30pm—5.00pm: afternoon one-to-one tutorials

5.30pm—6pm: evening group get-together (optional)

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7.15pm: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading—you get a free ticket to this.

Thursday

10am—1pm: morning workshop

2.30pm—5.00pm: afternoon one-to-one tutorials

5.30pm—6pm: evening group get-together (optional)

6-7pm: A chance to read some of your favourite writing by other writers, and talk about why you like them.

Friday

10am—1pm: morning workshop

2.30pm—5.00pm: afternoon tutorials

5.30- 6pm: evening group get-together (optional)

6pm—8pm: Friday evening culminates with a celebratory reading where you have the chance to share some of your new writing. Expect laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride for all you have learned, written and achieved this week. There’ll be plenty of virtual hugs.

And then...

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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