Michael Donaghy Memorial Masterclass | Learning the scaffolding of poems | Arvon
Michael Donaghy Memorial Masterclass

Michael Donaghy Memorial Masterclass

Learning the scaffolding of poems
  • Hannah Lowe
Date Friday June 21st 2024, 11:00-13:00 BST
Location Online

What can a close reading of poems teach us? How can poets use other poems as models for their own? In this Masterclass, prize-winning poet Hannah Lowe will explore the art of modelling as a launch pad for your own original writing, using the work of the late poet Michael Donaghy and others. We will look closely at several of Donaghy’s poems, using them as models for our own, considering the way in which metaphor, imagery and voice interweave. You will consider how poets can borrow from the structure of other poems to provide the scaffolding of one’s own writing. You will leave with a new approach to writing poems and familiarity with a technique you can continue to evolve in your writing practice.

This masterclass has been programmed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of the much loved and respected poet Michael Donaghy. All profits from the session will go towards charitable events and schemes in Michael’s memory.

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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