Online Writing Day: Poetry
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Online Writing Day: Poetry

The houses are haunted
  • Richard Scott
    Richard Scott
Guest Tutor
  • Black and white photo of CAConrad sitting in front of mirror, looking off-camera.
Date Friday November 10th 2023, 10:00-16:30 GMT
Location Online

“The ghosts swarm.

They speak as one

Person. Each

Loves you. Each

Has left something undone.

Rae Armantrout

In what ways might a poem be like a ghost? How might the body of the speaker become invisible? What ideas can be said to ‘haunt’ a poem? Join award-winning poet Richard Scott for this one-day course inspired by the diaphanous and the uncanny. During workshops, you’ll explore the idea of a poem as a vanishing, taking a journey in your work from the known and the corporeal into something altogether more haunted and spectral. Be prepared to generate lots of new material. Richard says: “In the words of Lucie Brock Broido, we will be ‘a freak of letters crossing down a rare / Path bleak with poplars’; following Ocean Vuong in his quest to ‘ disappear [. . .] let the fog spill through the cracked window & cover my fangs’; as we firmly enter Wallace Steven’s landscape in which all ‘the houses are haunted.”

The guest speaker for this writing day will be poet CAConrad.

To make the event as accessible and flexible as possible, all sessions of the day are delivered live via Zoom webinar. You have the choice to attend each session live, which will mean you can contribute via the chatbox, or you can watch the recordings of each session at any time over the course of the following month. Please note, your camera and audio will not be visible/audible, allowing you to relax and take the day at your own pace. 

Cost: £85

Concessions: £42.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, 50% concessions are available for this course at checkout.

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On the Day

10.00-12.30: Workshop One

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.30: Workshop Two

14.30-15.00: Break

15.00-15.45: Guest speaker session

16.00-16.30: Final Q&A surgery session



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