Inclined to Change: Improv for Poets (Masterclass)

Inclined to Change: Improv for Poets (Masterclass)

Stretch your poetic reflexes and exert your sense of play

This process-oriented Masterclass course draws principles from various fields of improvisation to guide the writing of new poems. Treating each draft as our partner, we’ll learn to notice what games it wants to play and cultivate the openness to accept its offers. This asks that we break down our preconceptions and try various ways of tricking ourselves into unguarded moments of playful bravery. Through a shift in the quality of our listening, we’ll become more attentive to the slippery movements of our memories, imaginations, feelings, thoughts. And through our love of the game, we’ll develop a willingness to be changed. Handwritten revisions by poets like Coleridge, Joyce, Bishop and Plath will provide insights into the early stages of our own work’s growth. And insights from Keith Johnstone, Del Close and Charna Halpern will inform our exploration of poets who have used writing as a means of discovery, including Bashō, Frost, Ginsberg, Ashbery, Armantrout, Levis, Komunyakaa, Stallings, Ruefle and Morrissey.

Masterclasses are an expanded version of our Interactive and 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 regular 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 Eric Berlin View Profile

Eric Berlin’s poems have been awarded the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Bradford on Avon Poetry Prize, National Poetry Prize and The Ledge Poetry Prize, and were finalists for the Manchester Poetry Prize, Ruth Stone Prize, and Allen Ginsberg Award, among others. He has been granted residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm, and Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and his poems have appeared in journals such as Hunger Mountain, North American Review, Jewish Currents, The Poetry Review, The Rialto and The White Review. Assistant Editor for The Cortland Review, he lives near Syracuse, New York, where he works as a freelance editor and teaches.

‘I have written by now, several compositions which I would not have, otherwise. I am proud of the productive mode of energy and motivation Poetry School has resulted in, with my participation. It offers very stimulating classes, and I would recommend strongly to any writer.’

– Autumn 2018 survey response

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