A collaborative dreaming and writing un-workshop.
* To ensure the safety of our tutors and students, this course will take place on video-conferencing platform, ZOOM *
Dreams and poetry rest in the borders between fantasy and reality, between freedom and property. Dreams, idling, and daydreaming can be templates for writing and imagining, unofficial creative resources, making pathways for new means of meaning. In this workshop, we will follow the imagined materials of William Blake’s ‘A Dream’: the bed, the dream, the lost ant’s way; the poem creates a resource from its poetic language – shelters in rhyme, escape routes, and rest spots in line-breaks. In this exploration, we will see how means and meaning emerge otherwise to property and law, in a fantastical form of commoning.
In this un-workshop, the poets, dreamers, time-wasters, Holly Pester and Ed Luker invite you to dream, write, and re-source with us, to elaborate the relation between dreams and reality, sense and nonsense, means and meaninglessness. Workshop participants will write from remembered dreams, discovering resources that unlock unofficial means of collective invention. As in Blake’s poem, we’ll investigate our cultivated lives beyond work-based survival, moving into realms of pleasure and imagination, and exploring the dream as a shade, shelter, and means for thought.
This workshop will be accessible for all and no previous poetry-writing experience is required. The structure will allow for experimentation and faltering, pausing, non-productivity. We will not impose expertise or set hard labour, using our experience of cultivating imagination and invention to curate an environment grounded in this ethos of creative un-working.
The course will have 2 parts, the first being a Zoom session, filled with challenging reading, writing, and group discussions on the topic, after which you’ll be set various writing prompts and exercises to complete at home, before reconvening for a Zoom-based workshop in part 2 to discuss and develop your new poems.
Two sessions on Saturdays: 20 March & 27 March, 10.30am – 1pm. The course will take place using the video conferencing platform, Zoom.
More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.
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About Ed Luker & Holly Pester View Profile
Ed Luker is a poet, teacher, and writer. He teaches at University of Surrey, Birkbeck, and the Bishopsgate Institute. In 2017 he was poet in residence at Performing Arts Forum, France. He has lead poetry workshops at the Poetry School, Baltic 39 gallery, Northumbria University, Goldsmiths, University of Surrey, and PAF, amongst other places. He runs the poetry events platform and radio show Rivet. His latest book of poems is Heavy Waters on The87Press.
Holly Pester is a poet and lecturer at University of Essex where she convenes and teaches the module, Dreaming and Writing. She has run community and professional experimental writing workshops across all levels including in her capacity as a Collaborator and Researcher with Hubbub, at Wellcome Collection’s Hub Residency 2014-2016. She has written critical creative work on lullabies and rest/worksongs, and is currently researching forms of materialised aborted and latent time.
'This is a very special place. It welcomes absolutely anyone, and the fee and payment structure make it genuinely equitable and accessible. I've said this before, but the Poetry School has helped me during very hard times, and is definitely a source of wellbeing.'