Letting Your Avant-Garde Down (International)

Letting Your Avant-Garde Down (International)

An invitation to innovate, explore, and take risks with your writing.

We are the avant-garde! This course is an invitation to innovate, explore and take risks with your writing. Through five fortnightly assignments, you’ll explore avant-garde techniques harvested from a helicopter shot of avant-garde movements:  Surrealists, Situationists, Oulipo; found and black-out poems, automatic and ‘uncreative writing’. These exercises encourage us to bypass our usual or habitual thought processes and can help access new aesthetics, forms, ideas and personal topics for writing. You’ll be given fun, stimulating ‘ways in’ to the avant-garde, encouraged to work up pieces and – who knows? – perhaps we’ll start our own Movement…

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.

More information about how all our online courses work can be found on the Online Courses page. 

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About Caleb Parkin View Profile

Caleb Parkin is a day-glo queero techno eco poet, performer and facilitator, based in Bristol. He won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, first in the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017, and has placed in various other competition shortlists. He has poems published in The Rialto, Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Coast to Coast to Coast, Strix, Magma, Envoi, Lighthouse and elsewhere. Commissions include: Royal Albert Museum Exeter, Poetry Society, Lyra Festival, Green Party and The Hepworth Wakefield.

He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School and First Story and (usually) hosts groups in settings from schools, to museums, residential care homes, science centres and festival yurts. In 2019, he completed an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) through Metanoia Institute, with a dissertation focused on CWTP in museum and gallery settings. Currently, he’s developing his first collection exploring queer ecopoetry and ecosexualities, supported by Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice.

‘Caleb put a HUGE amount of effort into preparing a complex and interesting portfolio and great assignments. He was always very accessible online'

– Autumn 2018 survey response

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