Masterclass: The Sonnet

Masterclass: The Sonnet

Form is What Happens
  • Black and white photo of Anthony Joseph standing against a wall
    Anthony Joseph
Date Tuesday August 1st 2023, 19:00-21:00 BST
Location Online

From its origins in the medieval Italian court, the sonnet has evolved into one of poetry’s most malleable, yet enduring, forms. In this practical workshop Anthony Joseph, winner of the 2022 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry, leads a Masterclass looking at the ways in which contemporary poets can develop the sonnet form and stretch its limits. Through generative writing exercises, you will explore how the sonnet comments on a universal human experience. You will examine how to creatively approach, experiment with and apply the sonnet form, whilst retaining its unique, defining features.

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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