Take the plunge into the difficult, the dangerous and the daunting
‘If you bend over your page … and do not suddenly tremble with fear, throw away your pen. Your writing would
have little value.’
– Edmond Jabés.
Why is there such an intimate relationship between poetry and fear? And what is it about the activity of writing poetry that makes us fearful? Fear of failure, of embarrassment, of revealing more than we want to? Maybe, but surely something else is at stake here too. We will look at what that could be, and will examine the ways in which poets have either embraced fear or attempted to evade it in their poems. We will look at poems by T. S. Eliot, Mary Ruefle and Selima Hill, and explore the ways in which fear can be both paralysing and enabling when it comes to writing our own poems. We will play around with various exercises to harness and use our own fear of writing.
Saturday 15 June, 10.30am – 4.30pm.
All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.
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 Laura Scott View Profile
Laura Scott’s pamphlet, What I Saw, won the Michael Marks Prize in 2014, and in 2015 she won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. Her poems have appeared in various magazines including PN Review, Oxford Poetry and Poetry Review, and a selection of her work was featured in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII in 2018. Her first collection, So Many Rooms, will be published by Carcanet later this year.
‘I write a lot of poetry so the Poetry School is part of that experience. However, to write about trauma is topic I have avoided and this course provided me with a way to tackle within a supportive environment. I have written 5 poems which, with a little editing, I will submit for publication and be confident to read in public.’