Masterclass: Poetry

Masterclass: Poetry

Looking at Imagery with a Watchmaker's Eye
  • Mark Pajak
Date Tuesday June 13th 2023, 19:00-21:00 BST
Location Online

“… held between finger and thumb the blue

planet, and lifted it up to his watchmaker’s eye.”

– Simon Armitage, The English Astronaut

Award-winning poet Mark Pajak leads a creative workshop exploring the different ways in which you can interrogate and craft vivid and precise imagery in your writing. By studying the inner workings of some of the best contemporary poetry and prose, you will collect and construct your own central and subordinate images in surprising, challenging, and effective ways.

From the blinding to the subtle – the sonorous, kinaesthetic, acrid, textured – you will be encouraged to look past what is immediate to the deeper mechanisms of your images. You will learn how the precision of just one well-chosen word can evoke multiple senses and meanings.

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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