Online 5-Week Day Course: Poetry for D/deaf & Disabled poets
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Online 5-Week Day Course: Poetry for D/deaf & Disabled poets

Writing Through
Tutors
  • Daniel Sluman
  • Pic description: Black and white photo of an Indonesian woman with short hair, wearing a top with off the shoulder sleeves. She is sitting on a bench with some greenery behind her
    Khairani Barokka
Date Wednesday March 8th - Wednesday April 5th 2023
Location Online

There are thousands upon thousands of disability cultures and indigeneity’s in the world, and disabled people are the world’s largest minority—we are a population of resistance, abundance and plural histories of creativity. In this course, we work from a perspective of disability justice, as coined by the group Sins Invalid, that recognises these resistances. We will learn how to communicate our experiences of body-minds glorious in their divergences from the normative, joys and self-affirmation alongside pain, fatigue, isolation, or stigma, and then mould these moments into innovative new work. Alongside workshops and tutorials, we will also be teaching concepts and ideas from Disability Studies that you can use to recontextualise your creative process and understand how aspects of your identity can be investigated to generate extraordinary poetry. Through a series of workshops, tutorials, prompts, and readings, we will be exploring your relationships to language. We’ll work on potential reflections of your lives in form, creative exercises that encourage you to explore further poetic possibilities, and one-to-one feedback sessions to really delve deep into your individual practices.


Having listened  to the feedback around the intensity of the 5-day format of our Writing Back poetry course for D/deaf and Disabled poets in 2021, this course will take the 5-day format and spread it out over 5 weeks. We welcome anyone who identifies as disabled, D/deaf, chronically ill, and/or neurodiverse, providing a safe and flexible environment for us all to fully explore our creativity in a group. There are unlimited concessions available for this course.

Note: If the concession rate is not accessible to you, please email eliza.squire@arvon.org to enquire about any extra funding opportunities. The course will have BSL interpretation, auto-captioning and transcripts. Each session will be recorded, and you will have access to the recordings for a month following each session. All images and videos will be audio described and all texts shared in advance. Writers are encouraged to participate in whatever way is most accessible to them, e.g. With cameras on or off, verbally, or via the chatbox.

Online: £400

Concessions: £280

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.

Grants are available to help with the course fee

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

Subject to funding/permissions (please contact us for more details)

If you have any access issues that we have not covered here, please contact us on access@arvon.org

See here for more access information.

Week 1

Wednesday

14.00-14.20: Intro  

Welcome talk (cameras optional) – Arvon host welcomes everyone and invites each person (tutors included) to introduce themselves (this can be in chatbox) and gives them a chance to pass on any information they feel would be helpful for the group to know

 14.20-14.30: BREAK  

14.30-16.00: Workshop -1 (40 mins each with a 10 min break halfway through)

Thursday

11.00-12.45 One-to-one tutorials (you will have one 25 minute tutorial with each tutor over the course of the five weeks. These will be allocated for you)

Week 2

Wednesday

13.15-13.45: Write Together- a chance to start the day with some writing, on whatever you would like to work on (cameras off and muted)

14.00-15.30: Workshop 2 (Tutor 1 leads)

 

Thursday

11-12.45: One-to-one tutorials (you will have one 25 minute tutorial with each tutor over the course of the five weeks. These will be allocated for you).

Week 3

Wednesday

13.15-13.45: Write Together- a chance to start the day with some writing, on whatever you would like to work on (cameras off and muted)

14.00-15.30: Workshop 3 (Tutor 2 leads)

16.30-17.30: Tutor Readings – both tutors read and speak about their work, followed by a Q&A hosted by your Arvon host.

 

Thursday

11-12.45: One-to-one tutorials (you will have one 25 minute tutorial with each tutor over the course of the five weeks. These will be allocated for you).

Week 4

Wednesday

13.15-13.45: Write Together- a chance to start the day with some writing, on whatever you would like to work on (cameras off and muted)

14.00-15.30: Workshop 4 (Tutor 1 leads)

 

Thursday

11-12.45: One-to-one tutorials (you will have one 25 minute tutorial with each tutor over the course of the five weeks. These will be allocated for you).

Week 5

Wednesday

13.15-13.45: Write Together- a chance to start the day with some writing, on whatever you would like to work on (cameras off and muted)  

14:00-15:30:   Final workshop (Tutor 2 leads shorter workshop)   

 17:00-18:30: Closing comments from tutors followed by group readings A celebratory reading where you have the chance to share up to 5 minutes of your new writing. Expect laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride for all you have learned, written and achieved over the five weeks. There’ll be plenty of virtual hugs.

And then...

Next steps: The 5 weeks don’t stop here. You now have a writing community. Stay in touch. Share your work with each other, and take it forward!

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