Throughout July I'll be teaching an interactive, online studio course at The Poetry School. Below is what the course description I've written:
Archive, document and catalogue carefully selected moments of your life past, present and future
At a time in which we are archived by others, often through digital means, it seems more and more important to attempt to define ourselves – on our own terms – as individuals and as members of a diverse range of groups. Written attentively, poetry that archives the self is subversive and can present radically different narratives to those purported by digital and mass media. By using methods such as diaries and collation of information one can conduct a close examination of the self as it stands, now and then, to see how it fits into the bigger picture. Alternatively, but just as interestingly, one can invent new identities, establish new routines and exist in new environments to generate original stimulus and structure for archival poetry. During this three-week Studio course you’ll write a number of poems which will archive, document and catalogue carefully selected moments of your life past, present and future. Some of time you’ll write about what you normally do on a regular basis. At other times you’ll look at yourself in relationship to local, national and global issues. And yet at other times you’ll be encouraged to try out new ways of seeing and behaving, in order to dictate how your ‘self’ can be a vehicle used to record infinite possibilities of being.
The Poetry School describes the online studio format like this:
Poetry Studios are short, intensive poetry writing courses that last 3-4 weeks. Unlike our standard 10 week courses, the emphasis on ‘Studios’ is more heavily skewed towards writing and getting words on the page, with a softer focus on group feedback and editing.
If you're interested in finding out more click on the LINK to course