Writing Self in Poetry (International)

Writing Self in Poetry (International)

Write your self to find yourself

‘Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it.’
– Anne Lamott

On this course we will explore the notion of life-writing as that of documenting our memories, experiences, the history of one’s or another’s life, and apply it to the poetic form. How has the self has been written in poetry? How do we balance the biographical with the universal? The fictional with the factional? How do we give voice to the self? You will be introduced to a wide variety of contemporary poems that embrace and fuse the ideas of life-writing and confessional poetry. In order to develop your own body of writing, exploring themes such as childhood, parenthood, death, love and violence, participants will have the opportunity to discuss poets whose work fully embodies a sense of self, including Anne Notley, Marie Howe, Maggie Nelson, Anne Carson, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, and Sharon Olds. Participants will be guided in the production of new work and encouraged to develop their critical-thinking skills, leading to a better understanding of reading and writing lyric texts, and a fuller awareness of our true, inner, unique, mature selves.

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

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About Agnieszka Studzinska View Profile

Agnieszka Studzinska has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. Her first debut collection, Snow Calling, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What Things Are, is published by Eyewear (2014). She has had poems published in Long Poem Magazine, Wild Court, Agenda, Mslexia, as well as having poems featured in several anthologies. She is currently working towards her PhD at Royal Holloway London exploring how the image of the house is appropriated in contemporary poetry. She teaches creative writing and lives in London.

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