‘Let’s talk about the problem of class…’: Writing Working Class Lives

‘Let’s talk about the problem of class…’: Writing Working Class Lives

Explore how poets from around the world interrogate the complexity of class divides as stimulus for vital new work of your own.

We don’t notice or speak about it but the question of class hovers above us like a cloud, and affects the daily decisions we make, in the way we speak, and the books we read. What is the meaning of work? What do class divides mean to a writer, and how does it relate to our understanding of ourselves and the world?

In this course, we will explore how writers from different parts of the world articulate and question the complexity of class divides and work to pin down the intersections between class and race. How do we change or break down class barriers? Poets we will study include Rachel Long, Wayne Holloway Smith, Philip Levine, Romalyn Ante, Ocean Vuong, and Kim Moore.

Combining field trips, paintings, film excerpts, and objects taken from the everyday, we will explore ways to find our voice to articulate and challenge class barriers, and arrive at the meaning of work.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks, starting  4 October 2021. Live chats on Mondays, 7–9 pm GMT; first live chat 18 October.

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.

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About Jennifer Wong View Profile

Jennifer Wong was born and grew up in Hong Kong. She studied English at Oxford and received an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is the recipient of the Hong Kong Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) and has a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Her poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Poetry, World Literature Today, Stand, The North, Wildness, The Scores, Asian Cha, Voice & Verse, Prairie Schoonerand others. She has also published translations in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation andPathlight. Her latest collection, 回家 Letters Home, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2020 and was named a Wild Card choice by Poetry Book Society. She is also the author of Goldfish (Chameleon Press 2013) and a pamphlet, Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019). 

‘Poetry School courses help to keep me on my toes as a poet and up to date with developments in poetry and ways of approaching it. A number of poems written as a result of attending courses have been published (so have others not written as a direct result but benefiting from ideas suggested by courses). I look on the courses as a way of keeping in touch with contemporary poetry’

– Spring 2021 survey response

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