Queens Building, 97 William St. Perth
Mattie Furphy House, Clare Copse. Swanbourne
Cost per workshop
Regular Price $20
Discounted price $15 (WA Poets Inc members)
Special Offer for all 8 workshops (to book, goto https://www.trybooking.com/WCEL)
$100 (WA Poets Inc members)
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All workshops involve written exercises, please bring appropriate materials.
Beyond The Binary with Maddie Godfrey
Saturday 11th August, 9.30 – 11am
How do we write poems which defy gender binaries and barricades? How does poetry itself function as a form of resilience?
In this “Beyond The Binary” workshop, Maddie Godfrey facilitates the creation of poems which exist outside of gender binaries. Using a gentle approach towards writing prompts and creative generation exercises, participants will be encouraged to create their own original poetry. This process will be further inspired by an exploration of existing work by gender-non-conforming artists!
Before the conclusion of this workshop, all participants will be given an opportunity share their writing with the group. There will also be the potential for Maddie to provide professional feedback and editing advice.
“Beyond The Binary” is a workshop opportunity which places creative focus on the stories of gender-non-conforming writers.
This workshop is open to all participants, but requires a compassionate acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Random Acts of Poetry with Sanna Peden
Saturday 11th August, 11.30am – 1pm
Writing poetry is very simple: you just take what is in front of you and scrape off the bits that aren’t poetry. This workshop consists of an eclectic mix of writing exercises aimed at doing exactly that and finding poetry where we need it.
This workshop is suitable for writers of any ability.
The Muse and the Shaman (Poetry as process and its navigating healing flight) with Julie Watts
Sunday 12th August, 9.30 – 11am
This workshop will explore the role of writing in processing and integrating experience. It will also explore ‘Robert Bly’s testament to the singular importance of the artistic leap that bridges the gap between conscious and unconscious thought in any great work of art’, the role of the muse and the shaman, how the poem arrives bent and the magic in its refraction. The workshop will include a meditation, poems that ‘leap’ and writing time.
Monster Field with Lucy Dougan
Sunday 12th August, 11.30am – 1pm
The landscapes I have in mind are not part of the unseen world in a psychic sense, nor are they part of the Unconscious. They belong to the world that lies, visibly, about us. They are unseen merely because they are not perceived. (Paul Nash)
Poems are nothing special…
They are “the kind of thing”
the kind of thing you have to see
from “the corner of your eye” (Patrick Bizzaro)
Emily Dickinson advised ‘tell it slant’ and her advice has been a touchstone ever since. But what about the step before that: to see it slant? The artist Paul Nash chanced on a field full of ancient felled trees that seemed to him imbued with unusual atmosphere and spirit. He wasn’t always able to locate the field again. Whilst driving, he had to let things slide by his eyes and then he might be lucky to find the spot again. It became a charged activity for him and the inspiration for much work.
In this workshop I want to encourage you to articulate your own Monster Field and to think how it may support your work. What/where is the place that is more than itself to you and how do a range of artists, including poets, approach and use that which is not always seen?
Please email, to email@example.com by 5th August (place “Dougan Workshop” in the subject), a sample of your recent work (a poem of no more than 30 lines) and indicate what preoccupations, challenges and goals you have in terms of your writing. This won’t necessarily be shared or workshopped but will help tailor the workshop.
Constraints with Dave Drayton
Saturday 18th August, 9.30 – 11am
This workshop will work through a series of constrained writing practices inspired by the Oulipo, or Workshop for Potential Literature. Constraints/themes covered include exercises in style (inspired by Queneau’s instrumental collection), lipograms, waterfalls, beau presents, analytic definitions, N+7, and more. Participants will be introduced to the practice of writing to constraint, and experiment with a number of poetic forms process.
On the Page and From the Page with Peach Klimkiewicz
Saturday 18th August, 11.30am – 1pm
Interstate poet, Peach, asks if we must be serious in constructing a poem but let loose in performance. Join Peach in uncovering systems for writing poetry that attempt to minimise on clichés. Get freaky in stepping outside yourself to write about yourself in an attempt drop the self away. Then it’s time to play, picking up your performer’s hat to pump a different kind of life into your poetry. Take the chance to discuss ways in which stage, setting and style can be used to drive your poem home. Be inspired to consider what your performance ‘niche’ might look like and where and how to carry it forward.
This workshop will also look at the philosophical aspects of poetry and why it might matter, or at least exist, for us. Why is poetry important? Or is it? Or are we asking the wrong question? Does it matter either way?
Participants are encouraged to bring to the workshop some of their own poetry, particularly poetry they might be working on. All ideas and insights from all participants will be welcomed, encouraged and celebrated.
Writing About Memory, People & Places. with Nina Lewis
Sunday 19th August, 9.30 – 11am
Mattie Furphy House
Home is more than a brick building, family trees or ancestral bones. In Fragile Houses, Nina Lewis explores the people, places and memories carried through life. This workshop is based on the themes of Nina Lewis’ debut collection.
‘Poetry… makes you know you are not alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.’ – Dylan Thomas
Through a selection of writing exercises we will write poems about relationships, childhood memories and try at least one technique based on selected poems used in the workshop. By the end of the workshop you will have three poems (or the bones of 3 poems at least), additional ideas to continue to work with afterwards and fine examples of poetry reflecting the themes and ideas we will focus on. You may even discover a new technique.
This workshop is suitable for writers of any ability. There will be no pressure to share your work unless you wish to do so.
Nina Lewis has facilitated workshops in the UK based on Sculpture, Books, The Suffragettes and Mental Health. She regularly teaches a Creative Writing Class in Worcester and hosts INKSPILL, an annual online writers retreat.
Lines Spark Code with Aaron Lee
Sunday 19th August, 11.30am – 1pm
Mattie Furphy House
Poetry can be seen as encoded personal experience. The best encounters with poetry take us simultaneously deep within and outside of ourselves. Great poetry holds space for reader and writer to meet and see the familiar in the foreign, the universal in the particular, and vice versa.
In this workshop, award-winning Singapore poet Aaron Lee will facilitate new writing experimentations. Memorable lines of literature are sparked by the personal imagination and writing skills of each participant to create new insights into their own unique craft and sensibilities.”
This workshop is suitable for writers of any ability.
The 2018 Perth Poetry Festival is supported by: