Confessional: Writing the Inside, Out

Confessional: Writing the Inside, Out

Craft poetry for the raw, wounded, private, electric parts of yourself.

Think about what it means to write out of, and into, personal experience; how we might approach trauma, sexuality, gender, grief and heartbreak in our work and question how we remain true to our experiences whilst reaching outwards to readers – producing writing that might serve our own need for catharsis and self-care, whilst radically transforming the communicative, empathetic possibilities of language. We will look at classic ‘confessional poets’ such as Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell, and also dive into modern poets re-figuring the confessional legacy, reading Dorothea Lasky, Warsan Shire and Sharon Olds. This workshop will bring the raw, wounded, private, electric parts of ourselves into the open, finding shapes for them in words: shapes that heal us and restore our agency, and shapes that make the tangled, messy actions of the heart sing clearly on the page.

One all-day workshop on Saturday 10 March 10:30am – 4:30pm.

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About Rebecca Tamás View Profile

Rebecca Tamás is a London-based poet and academic. Her most recent poetry pamphlet, Savage, was published by clinic in 2017; her pamphlet The Ophelia Letters was published by Salt in 2013. Rebecca was joint winner of the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize, and is the Fenton Arts Trust Emerging Writer 2017. Rebecca has work in, or forthcoming from, Poetry Review, The London Review of Books and The White Review, amongst others. She is currently working on a collection that explores the relationship between feminism, female alterity, the occult, and nonhuman nature.

I think Poetry School’s slogan sums it up so well: where poetry happens. Often those new to poetry see the outcomes, the publications, the finished poems – but not the huge amount of process that goes into writing; the five poems that might have led to the one that made it; poetry *as a practice*. That’s what I think is so marvellous about PS, the emphasis on the practice of writing poetry, in the world, and with others.

Summer 2017 Survey Response

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