Masterclass: The Poetic Line | Dashes, slashes and white space | Arvon
Masterclass: The Poetic Line

Masterclass: The Poetic Line

Dashes, slashes and white space
  • Tim Liardet Arvon writing tutor head shot
    Tim Liardet
Date Friday August 30th 2024, 11:00-13:00 BST
Location Online

Poetry in many ways results from a well-judged balance between free expression and methods of controlling the line. The line is the lifeblood of the poem. The line without control runs the risk of chaos and the squandering of clarity and meaning. The repeated em dash, the slash, the double slash, and the use of white spaces to ‘punctuate’ a poem, to name but a few methods, have grown to be immensely popular.

Control of the line, however, is also about syntax, syllables and line-breaking, and we will explore these in relation to the wide range of possibilities when it comes to choosing an appropriate method of punctuation. In this Masterclass with award-winning poet Tim Liardet, you will be encouraged to consider these exciting ways of controlling the line and how you might experiment with them. You’ll leave with skills and understanding that can greatly improve your poems.

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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