Poetry

A practical guide to badly behaved poems

December 10th - December 15th 2018

Totleigh Barton

Too many poems behave like we expect poems to behave. If you have ideas you’ve always worried don’t quite belong in a poem, this is the time to unleash them. If you want to write poems that don’t look like poems, this course is your chance. We’ll explore translation, both literal and metaphorical; forms and anti-forms; the surprising and unsayable. Alongside your tutors you’ll investigate strategies, techniques and tactics to take your poetry in a new direction and finish the week with your notebook overflowing with drafts and finished poems.

This course is half-price to Arvon 18-25 members and those in receipt of certain state benefits.

Single room price: £770 
Shared room price: £720

COURSE TUTORS

Totleigh Barton

Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Monday

Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

Tuesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Wednesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Thursday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

Friday

Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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