Masterclass: Serious Play in Poetry

Masterclass: Serious Play in Poetry

Reaching deep into your toybox psyche
  • Rachel Long
    Rachel Long
Date Tuesday November 7th 2023, 19:00-21:00 GMT
Location Online

How do the play objects of our childhoods shape our ideas on race, gender, sexuality, beauty? How does this play out in the ‘real world’, and in the imagination and fantasies of our poems? Join Rachel Long for a writing masterclass inspired by the playthings that shaped our desires and that might haunt our writing. We’ll look at poems by Natalie Diaz, Victoria Kennefick, Andrew McMillan and Victoria Chang, who have all written dolls and their playmates into living, breathing poems. Expect to reach deep into your toybox psyche and write new poems inspired by all you find there.

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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