QUEER POETRY

Using your own fire

Monday August 3rd - Saturday August 8th 2020

Totleigh Barton

‘You cannot use someone else’s fire. You have to use your own’ (Audre Lorde). What makes a poem queer, and how do you write one? We instinctively understand that poetry springs from ourselves, our own visual imaginations, so how do we shed our fears and use our own fire to write explicitly, unapologetically and joyously? During this, the first queer poetry week run by Arvon, we will create a safe space to generate new work (lots of it!) and explore our sexualities on the page. Looking at sex, gay pride and gay shame, queer theory and ancestry, as well as how language and form themselves might be queered, this week is for anyone who identifies as queer and wants to write towards that, in hope.

Single room price: £815

 

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COURSE TUTORS

Totleigh Barton garden and pond

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

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

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

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

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.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst

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.

Course participant writing on a sofa in the barn at Lumb Bank

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.

A woman smiling and listening to a writing tutor speak at Lumb Bank

Friday

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

Course participants eating at The Hurst

Saturday

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

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