Writing Catastrophe: From the Personal to the Planetary

Writing Catastrophe: From the Personal to the Planetary

Explore the muse of disasters and learn how we can usefully write trauma, tragedy, and catastrophe for a better tomorrow.

Trauma is an oft-mined spaces for poems. How do we grapple with voice, authenticity, and authority when writing about wars, crises, and natural phenomena that have left scars on real bodies?  

Richard Georges leads a Masterclass that explores the muse of disasters of various sizes, from the personal to the planetary, and begins by taking how to move from therapeutic or cathartic uses of trauma informed poetry towards work that attempts to communicate and create connections of empathy and reconciliation. 

Masterclasses are an expanded version of our 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 live chats and they are suitable for UK and International students.  

To apply for a concessionary 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]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Richard Georges View Profile

Richard Georges is a writer of essays, fiction, and three collections of poetry. He is a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study and Virgin Islands Poet Laureate. He has been previously shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and his most recent work, Epiphaneia (OutSpoken), won the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Richard works in higher education and lives on Tortola with his wife and children.

'It has given me the confidence to share poems. Feedback from students and tutors has been vital to learning about the editing process. It's got my poems into shape, some of which have gone on to be published and nominated for awards.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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