Online Writing Week: Poetry and the Lyric Essay for Neurodivergent Writers
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Online Writing Week: Poetry and the Lyric Essay for Neurodivergent Writers

Exploring your Wordself
Tutors
  • Jen Hadfield
  • Joanne Limburg
Date Monday September 19th - Friday September 23rd 2022
Location Online

If you identify as neurodivergent and would like to explore your experience and/or interests through creative writing, this course is for you. The course will be led by neurodivergent writer/poets Jen Hadfield and Joanne Limburg, and along with the team at Arvon they’ll curate a comfortable and flexible virtual space in which to express your creativity, try things out and explore your relationship to language and lyricism. The teaching is designed to be accessible to students with a variety of needs, so that you can interact in whatever way feels best for you. Jen and Joanne will facilitate a series of supportive workshops and one-to-ones where you can try out a range of poetic and short non-fiction forms, including sessions on voice, silence, form and collage. Both beginners and experienced writers/writers with all levels of confidence are welcome.

There are unlimited concession places on this course. If you are unable to afford or do not qualify for the concession rate (£200)- please email eliza.squire@arvon.org for more details of additional grants which have been allocated for this course.


We’ll help you to make ‘Arvon at Home’, turning your own place into a writing cocoon, capturing the transformative power of our acclaimed Arvon residential courses: two brilliant author-tutors at your service, a caring and sharing group, the time and space to devote to your writing, invaluable feedback, new writing pals, and the unique creative progress that happens in a dedicated week. 

All gatherings, one-to-one or group, will be delivered via our own Arvon Zoom, so you’ll need to have a reliable internet connection. Your Arvon host will be on call to offer support as you need it, including any help you may need with your computer set-up. 

To participate, and to get the most out of the week, you’ll need to turn up online for all planned morning sessions, Monday to Friday. You should also set aside your afternoons for tutorials and independent writing time. Please see the detailed schedule below.

Last but not least, we urge you to read your tutors’ published work before the week starts.

Online: £400

Concessions: £200

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

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

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

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Nothing short of transformative! I can't believe how much we packed into just a few days and how much impact it has had. I'm writing in new styles, new forms, new images, new rhythms!
— Writing Week Participant
I had the chance to speak with two well respected tutors about my work. Being able to do this in one-to-one tutorials was excellent and not reduced in any way by being on Zoom. A good chance for some very good advice. I am now determined to set to work on my writing.
— Writing Week Participant
Arvon courses are always so inclusive, supportive, fun, and instructive. There is something really magical and intimate about what happens during the week.
— Writing Week Participant

Monday

14.00-14.00: Welcome talk and ice-breaker! Here you will meet your Arvon host for the week, along with your tutors and fellow participants.

14.30-15.10: First workshop session (part 1)

15.10-15.30: 15-min break

15.30-16.00:  First workshop session (part 2)

Tuesday

09.15-09.45: Write Together (an optional cameras-off session of free writing)

10.00-11.15: Workshop 1 (with 15-min break halfway through)

11.15-11.45: 30-min break

11.45-13.00: Workshop 2 (with 15-min break halfway through)

14.30-16.30: Tutorials (4×25-min tutorials with 5-min breaks in-between)

18.00—19.00: Tutor readings: both tutors read and speak about their work, followed by a Q&A hosted by your Arvon host.

Wednesday

09.15-09.45: Write Together (an optional cameras-off session of free writing)

10.00-11.15: Workshop 1 (with 15-min break halfway through)

11.15-11.45: 30-min break

11.45-13.00: Workshop 2 (with 15-min break halfway through)

14.30-16.30: Tutorials (4×25-min tutorials with 5-min breaks in-between)

19.15-20.15: The Arvon Wednesday How I Write Session: your chance to attend a free online Arvon event in which a writer talks about their craft, writing routines, reads from their work, and holds a Q&A.

Thursday

09.15-09.45: Write Together (an optional cameras-off session of free writing)

10.00-11.15: Workshop 1 (with 15-min break halfway through)

11.15-11.45: 30-min break

11.45-13.00: Workshop 2 (with 15-min break halfway through)

14.30-16.30: Tutorials (4×25-min tutorials with 5-min breaks in-between)

16.30-17.15: Write Together (an optional cameras-off session of free writing)

Evening: You have the night off! Time to relax and recuperate – woohoo!

Friday

09.15-09.45: Write Together (an optional cameras-off session of free writing)

10.00-11.15: Workshop 1 (with 15-min break halfway through)

11.15-11.45: 30-min break

11.45-13.00: Workshop 2 (with 15-min break halfway through)

16.00-17.30: Final readings: an opportunity to share something you have worked on during the week and just generally celebrate the week gone and friends made.

And then...

Next steps: The week doesn’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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