Writing After David Lynch

Writing After David Lynch

A week-by-week exploration of Lynch’s films as a source of poetic inspiration.

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

Being a fan of David Lynch films means getting comfortable with uncertainty. His relationship with mystery is fundamental. His work is tied to the subconscious and its machinations and reactions. His plots are unconventional, and his focus is rarely a straightforward communication of what we might call ‘meaning’.

But meaning is there – it’s just unpredictable, elusive, weird. Even while the poet’s primary medium is language, there is a lot we can learn from the tools he uses to create these strange worlds, these film-paintings layered with sound; there’s a lot we can steal away for ourselves and apply to our own work.

Although certain themes and visual motifs recur across David Lynch’s work, each of his films has its own unique thumbprint, open to individual interpretation or, as Lynch has said, leaving each of us “room to dream” in response.

This course will look at all ten of David Lynch’s feature films in turn, in chronological order, and you are welcome to sign up to as few or as many of the sessions as you like. There will be a mixture of discussion and practical exercises, and we’ll look at clips from each film. Each session will stand alone, and won’t repeat material from other sessions. Each session will fall into mystery and its danger, and come out the other side.

10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 7-9pm, starts 12 October 2021. 

Course/Movie Schedule:

To book one or multiple specific sessions, please click the session(s) you would like to attend in the list below and add them to your basket. To book all ten sessions, please click ‘Purchase course’ on the left handside of this page.

12-Oct – Eraserhead
19-Oct – The Elephant Man
26-Oct – Dune
2-Nov – Blue Velvet
9-Nov – Wild at Heart
16-Nov – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
23-Nov – Lost Highway
30-Nov – The Straight Story
7-Dec – Mulholland Drive
14-Dec – Inland Empire

The course will take place using the video conferencing platform Zoom. Each film will be made available to you in the week leading up to the class/classes you sign up for, and you will also get access to a student group on Campus to chat outside of class.

Here are the bundle pricing options to purchase multiple sessions:
1 session: £40
3 sessions: £102
5 sessions: £150
7 sessions £168
10 sessions: £195
Please purchase the sessions you would like to attend, and we will refund you the difference between the full cost you have paid and the bundle pricing within two weeks of your booking.
Alternatively, please contact us directly by emailing [email protected] to arrange payment for a bundle pricing option.

Our concession rates are available on all bundle options.
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.

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: Philippe Put

About Chrissy Williams View Profile

Chrissy Williams is a poet, editor and tutor based in London. Her work has been featured on BBC radio and television, and her first collection BEAR (Bloodaxe, 2017) was one of the Telegraph’s 50 Best Books of the Year. She is editor of the online journal PERVERSE. Her second collection LOW was published by Bloodaxe in May 2021.

'Writing can feel a bit like being lost in the wilderness. Becoming a part of a community of fellow writers is so important in building confidence and discovering ways to sustain and develop a writing practice.'

- Spring 2021 survey response

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