Masterclass: Poetry

Masterclass: Poetry

Ode to the Modern Ode
  • Vicky Morris
Date Friday July 28th 2023, 11:00-13:00 BST
Location Online

Join prize-winning poet Vicky Morris for a poetry writing workshop that explores the delights and wit of the modern ode and other contemporary poetry approaches that celebrate and revere the everyday, the unexpected and the downright bizarre. From the humble cockroach to stretch marks, the odes we’ll draw inspiration from in this masterclass will be fresh, modern, sometimes funny, and always surprising. Across a range of writing exercises, we’ll look at key elements of the ode, bringing in some Anglo-Saxon wordplay fun, while considering how uncovering the ceremonious in the routine, the reverence in life’s offerings often overlooked, can take us somewhere deeper. Leave the session with some intriguing first drafts, an urge to praise the minutiae of life, and an awe for the art of the modern ode.

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: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of 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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