‘Dialogues in Dwelling’ (Masterclass)

‘Dialogues in Dwelling’ (Masterclass)

Navigate critical thinking around notions of place, space, and dwelling, as a springboard for writing innovative new poetry.

‘Building and thinking are, each in its own way, inescapable for dwelling’ – Martin Heidegger 

This masterclass course will re-articulate and interpret critical thinking around the notion of dwelling, as a springboard for writing innovative new poetry. Through a reading of scholarly and philosophical materials, the course will help you to develop a deeper understanding of how place and dwelling can shape the personal, architectural, domestic, and social experiences that inform our practice.  

A mixture of writing exercises and close readings will serve as platforms for discussion, writing, and inspiration. Students on this course will engage with Martin Heidegger’s ‘Building, Dwelling, Thinking,’ ‘The Idea of Home’ by Mary Douglas, ‘Home Place, a site of resistance’ by Bell Hooks, ‘Attachment to Homeland’ by Yi-Fu Tuan, ‘Dwelling: making peace with space’ by Deborah Tall, and ‘Social Space’ by Henri Lefebvre. The aim of this course is to promote an interdisciplinary way of thinking and writing with a strong focus to encourage the creation of your own longer narratives embodying and conceptualising home and dwelling. 

Masterclasses are an expanded version of our International courses, with a much deeper consideration of technical craft and critical theory. These 12 week courses (maximum 10 places) are for advanced students only, and fluency with poetic language and ideas will be assumed. There are no live chats and they are suitable for UK and International students.

More information about how all our online courses work can be found on the Online Courses page.

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About Agnieszka Studzinska View Profile

Agnieszka Studzinska has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. Her debut collection, Snow Calling, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What Things Are, is published by Eyewear (2014). She has had poems published in Long Poem Magazine, Wild Court, Agenda, and Mslexia, as well as having poems featured in several anthologies. She is currently working towards her PhD at Royal Holloway London exploring how the image of the house is appropriated in contemporary poetry. She teaches creative writing and lives in London. 

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– Summer 2019 survey response

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