Writing on the Cusp of Becoming Something Else (International)

Writing on the Cusp of Becoming Something Else (International)

Incorporate variability, instability, transformation, and change into your writing process

Writing is an iterative process. Poems may start as thoughts or spoken words, may go through many drafts, may refer to other texts or films or visual art works or smells or landscapes, and may be translated into other languages and other media. In order for a poem to be published a writer must aim for completion, resolution, a fixed, final, stable text. But language remains a constructed system, constantly subject to historical change. In this course we’ll think of language as a system of variations, a process, an event, not an entity. We’ll explore ways to incorporate variability, instability, transformation, and change into the process of composition, resulting in writing that is never fixed, final, or stable but rather, constantly subject to change. In this transformative spirit, the title of this course riffs on a line from John Hall’s formative essay ‘Thirteen Ways of Talking About Performance Writing’: ‘The performance writer writes the space between the writing and the performing, where the writing is always about to leave to become something else’.

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 J. R. Carpenter View Profile

J. R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, performer, and maker of maps, zines, books, poetry, short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and non-linear, intertextual, hypermedia, and computer-generated texts. She is a winner of the CBC Quebec Writing Competition, the Dot Award for Digital Literature, and the New Media Writing Prize. She is the author of four books including The Gathering Cloud (Uniformbooks 2017) and An Ocean of Static (Penned in the Margins 2018). Recent poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry, 3:am magazine, Arc Poetry, The Goose, The Clearing, The Junket, and PRISM International. Her digital writing has been presented in museums, galleries, journals, and festivals around the world and can be found on http://luckysoap.com

‘It lifts my heart to know that there are so many wonderful poets out there, engaged in making the world a better place.’

Spring 2018 survey response

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