Online Writing Day: Poetry
Songs of sleeplessness, songs of panic, songs of tenderness. Tiredness can bring down the wall between reality and dreams. In this two-hour masterclass with poet Niall Campbell, we will learn how to write into this between-space. When Niall’s son was born, he came across Zadie Smith’s idea: ‘I write to stop myself sleepwalking through my life’. This became a guiding principle for Niall as he felt called to grab the pen or sit at the laptop and, for as long as tiredness could be resisted, try to jot down and workout what this strange, new moment of life signified.
Over a series of exercises, you will craft your own thoughts and poems on fatherhood and sleeplessness. You’ll look at poetry by other poets who have grappled with similar experiences, and you’ll write this brilliant, individual moment for yourself.
The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (11:00-13:00), 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.
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.
We are committed to making our Arvon at Home programme accessible to as many people as possible.
Across all of Arvon at Home
Masterclasses and Online Writing Day
How I Write
Online Writing Weeks / Weekends
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