(Im)Perfectly Formed: Writing about the Body

(Im)Perfectly Formed: Writing about the Body

Learn how different poetic forms can shape writing about bodies.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

Explore writing about the body and how it’s formed with Lewis Buxton. In this 5-session fortnightly course you will discuss how different poetic forms – including sonnets, cinquains, villanelles, and sevenlings – address and undress the body, asking how these forms function (or disfunction) as vehicles for discussing this topic?  

You’ll be guided through quick-fire writing activities and given time and space to think about what, how, and why you might like to approach bodies in your writing. This course is perfect for anyone interested in writing about the body in new and exciting ways – whether you’ve written a hundred sonnets or never attempted a haiku – these workshops are for you. We’ll look at Terrance Hayes, Sharon Olds, Vidyan Ravinthiran, and Jacqueline Saphra, amongst many others, to see how perfectly (or imperfectly) formed writing about the body can be. 

Five fortnightly Zoom sessions between 20 January and 17 March 2022, from 7–9pm GMT

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page.

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:Photo by Kira auf der Heide

About Lewis Buxton View Profile

Lewis Buxton is a poet, performer and arts producer. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma, Ambit and Oxford Poetry. He has won the Winchester Poetry Prize and received the UEA Literary Festival Bursary and is the Co-Director of TOAST. His first collection Boy in Various Poses was published by Nine Arches Press in 2021. He lives in Norfolk. 

'Because of the Poetry School, I now feel like I am part of an international community of poets. It was wonderful to go to class every week and know that I would both read wonderful poems and have my own poems read with such careful attention and insight.'

- Summer 2021 Survey Response

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