Online Writing Week: Poetry
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Online Writing Week: Poetry

Opening the 'I': forms of self
Tutors
  • Andrew McMillan Poetry Writing Course Arvon
    Andrew McMillan
  • Stephanie Sy-Quia
Date Monday August 8th - Friday August 12th 2022
Location Online

Where do you come from? Who and what do you come from? How do you dredge the foundations of a self?

With Andrew McMillan and Stephanie Sy-Quia you will explore memory and the making of myths, both personal and societal. You’ll explore the rhythms of memory and of memorial, the way they amass in the body and the way the telling of memory in anecdotes makes histories more vivid. You’ll examine the role these elements play, both in the construction of communities and, within them, the positioning of the lyric ‘I’.

You’ll broaden your sources out to the use of poetic language in the public sphere, such as on plaques and monuments, as well as in the public statements that can become refrains in our lives. This course is for people interested in histories – be they conflicting or of vastly different scales – and how our shifting relationships to them make us who we are.

*Please use the expandable links below to reveal timings and further details of the course schedule.


Online writing weeks offer an equivalent experience to classic Arvon residential writing weeks: daily morning workshops followed by one-to-one tutorials in the afternoon, tutor readings on Tuesday evening, access to a mid-week guest reading on Wednesday and the traditional celebratory group reading on Friday, all from the comfort of your own home.

Online: £400

Concessions: £200

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.

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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—16.00: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the week, technology support, and some ideas for making your writing ‘cocoon’. You’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise. There’s likely to be some homework for tomorrow morning

Tuesday

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week, the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub- Informal evening get-together (optional). This is a chance to discuss the day’s work, any writing issues, what you’re drinking/eating, and anything else that springs to mind. Pets, children and partners welcome.

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

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week, the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

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19.15-20.15: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading—you get a free ticket to this.

Thursday

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week, the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

18.00—19.00: An evening session, the theme of which will be decided nearer the time by your tutors

Friday

10.00-12.45: Morning workshop

16.00-17.30: A celebratory reading where you have the chance to share some of your new writing. Expect laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride for all you have learned, written and achieved this week. There’ll be plenty of virtual hugs.

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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