Creative Response Studio: Finding Our Why

Creative Response Studio: Finding Our Why

Apply best practice to poetry commissions and residencies.

How can we let our writing be shaped by ideas that are new to us? What crumbs might we follow to avoid getting disorientated by information overload? And how can we write response or ekphrastic poems that satisfy one-off projects as well as fitting into larger or existing bodies of work?  

Finding Our Why aims to pinpoint exactly what aspects of stimuli call to us as individuals – regardless of what it is that we are responding to. Working playfully at random with historical accounts and artistic works from the textual to the visual, we will explore how to create the conditions for poems that mirror to us our own ways of making meaning. Likewise, as a means of looking at how others have written responsively, we will read work from a range of poets including Jay Bernard, Emily Berry, and Natalie Diaz, among others. 

This course is ideal for poets who are interested in commissions and residencies, as well as for those simply seeking new approaches to the unknown or the overfamiliar. 

Studios are 4-week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected] 

Image Credit: John Perivolaris

About Victoria Adukwei Bulley View Profile

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and artist based in London. She is the winner of a 2018 Eric Gregory Award, and has held residencies internationally in the US, Brazil, and the V&A Museum. Her debut poetry collection, Quiet, is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in 2022. 

'The courses have given me a wonderful opportunity to discuss ideas and share my poems with fellow poets and to feel part of a poetry community. Having access to advice and guidance from well established poets has boosted my confidence as a writer and encouraged me to submit work for publication.'

- Autumn 2021 Survey

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