“I am the shape of my seams”: Out-of-Body Experience Studio

“I am the shape of my seams”: Out-of-Body Experience Studio

Explore where literary practice meets out-of-body experience

This Studio course invites you to climb in and out of your body with wild and mystical abandon. From forming a conversation with one uncooperative limb, to floating seven feet above the ground, we will explore ways in which out-of-body experience can be used to heighten and and expand our literary practice. The idea of climbing out of one’s corporeal body has a long rich history of producing literature that is transformational, political and profound. Drawing on a broad range of contemporary and classic texts, from Rebecca Tamas to Teresa of Avila, William Blake to Danez Smith, we will discuss work shaped by the idea of moving beyond the limits of earth-bound self. Whether you are an experienced mystic, or have never left the ground, you will be invited to practice some methods for climbing in and out of the body, including visualisation, multisensory experimentation, lucid dreaming and metaphor. You will be set exercises to draw on your own memories and/or imaginings, and there will be space to share and feedback on each other’s work.

Studios are three 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.

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

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About Abi Palmer View Profile

Abi Palmer is an interactive artist and writer exploring the relationship between linguistic and physical communication. Her work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, Somerset House and Platform Southwark, and published by Poetry London, The Guardian and Sidekick Books. Her forthcoming book Sanatorium is a personal study of floating: in bathtubs, rehabilitation facilities, and out of her own body (Penned in the Margins, April 2020).

‘This site is a wonderful place for poets to get together from all over the world. The UK is so lucky to have such a society. Australia is a poor place for the quality of tuition in poetry, despite all the writing Societies all over the different states we have here. I urge anyone who is interested to take part in this tremendous resource.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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