Masterclass: Writing Through Emergency

Masterclass: Writing Through Emergency

Bruised, burning, beautiful
  • Kerri ní Dochartaigh
Date Friday January 12th 2024, 11:00-13:00 GMT
Location Online

How do we write of these times? How do we write of this earth? How do we write of this earth in these times? In this masterclass we will seek to find ways to write of the natural world – our kith and our ki and our kin alike – in light of the various crises of our age. We will consider what it means to be a human animal living alongside other humans as well as other-than-humans; how we might give voice to the in-between-ness of our relationships, one with the other. We will explore texts that unravel and challenge our views on how we might write the world around us, of which we are but one part. We will give ourselves space to mould our own words through writing exercises designed for those who feel drawn towards stewardship, kinship and community. We will leave the class with the knowledge that there is never simply one voice, one way to tell one story; the stories of this earth are multilayered, cacophonous; they glisten in the cracks in between. Moth and moss, fixed and fluid, feathered and slimy, seen and unseen; there is still so much to protect, to hold up to the light, to hold close. There is still time.

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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