Masterclass: Containers and Wellbeing | 'A Glittering Shoal in the Right-Sized Tank' | Arvon
Masterclass: Containers and Wellbeing

Masterclass: Containers and Wellbeing

'A Glittering Shoal in the Right-Sized Tank'
  • Black and white photo of Caleb Parkin
    Caleb Parkin
Date Tuesday September 24th 2024, 19:00-21:00 BST / 14:00-16:00 EDT
Location Online

As educators, how can we meet young writers where they are, leading them into writing in an inclusive, playful way? This practical workshop leads teachers and educators through activities with a reflection-in-action approach. As they are a huge concern for young people, nature and the environment are our starting points. You’ll be guided through an opening activity and explore the benefits of collective poem-making. Then, we’ll write individually, inspired by carefully selected short poems, and reflect on the invitations our poem choices might facilitate for young writers. We will consider the selection of creative activities, timescales, and processes as we go, inspired by Bion’s ‘containers’ and Illich’s ‘Tools for Conviviality’ (amongst others). This draws on and extends educators existing skills in differentiation and adaptive planning, applying them specifically to creative writing. Drawing on his MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) and extensive workshop facilitation experience, Caleb will open out and invite input to ways we can boost confidence, self-expression and benefit mental health, through the group writing process.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £40

Concessions: £20

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"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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