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RAISE YOUR VOICE: A writing workshop with Angela Jackson-Brown and Sue Brannan Walker

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RAISE YOUR VOICE: A writing workshop with Angela Jackson-Brown and Sue Brannan Walker
Application Deadline: Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The Artists’ Sanctum is pleased to present the first in a series of bi-annual workshops which aim to cultivate creative solutions for today's problems. 

Raise Your Voice is a writing workshop designed to introduce young people to writing as a tool for social justice and self-expression. Nationally renowned poets and educators, Angela Jackson-Brown and Dr. Sue Brannan Walker will share their experience and knowledge with a community of high school writers selected by The Artists’ Sanctum board. 

Great writers from Shakespeare and Orwell to Audre Lorde have inspired societies to rethink their values and shift the course of history. We at the Artists’ Sanctum, believe that by nurturing creative expression in young people, we can help to build a better future.

Angela Jackson-Brown and Sue Brannan Walker, will guide participants through a series of exercises specially conceived to awaken their creative writing muscle and apply it to social justice. Both writers have decades of experience in writing, publishing, and teaching, and are uniquely primed to guide young voices. 

During the 4 hour workshop, Angela Jackson-Brown and Sue Brannan Walker will introduce participants to the concepts behind socially-conscious writing. They will guide them through writing exercises, a “free writing” session, and offer opportunities to both share their work with peers and receive one-on-one feedback. A selection of poems produced during the workshop will be published on The Artists’ Sanctum website. 


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Date: Friday, November 6th (11/6/2020), 12 pm - 5 pm ET
Participants: 5-10 young writers ages 18-21

  • 12-12:30 pm ET: What does it mean to be a literary activist? Writing as a tool for social justice and self-expression
  • 12:30-1:30 pm ET: Writing Workshop - let’s generate ideas
  • 1:30-1:45pm ET: Break
  • 1:45-2:45 pm ET: Free Writing - Turn your ideas into poems & stories
  • 3:00-4:00 pm ET: Share Your Works - raise your voice

 

Apply:

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Please submit the following by email to connect@artistssanctum.org: 

  • 250-500 word writing sample: 1 to 3 poems, a short fiction, nonfiction, or essay
  • 250-500 word letter: Tell us about yourself, your interest in writing, and why you would like to participate

Participants will be notified by Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

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Duration: 
4 hours
Date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020 -
12:00 to 16:00
Price: 
Free
Qualification: 
Age 18-21
Awarded by: 
The Artists' Sanctum
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connect@artistssanctum.org

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connect@artistssanctum.org

Outside In - The Poetry Of Nature And The Nature Of Poetry with Simon Armitage

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates: 01/09/2021 - 05/09/2021
    
What is it to write poetry on the subject of nature without being sentimental, old-fashioned and nostalgic?  How do we avoid the clichés of nature writing while at the same time honouring the wonder and mystery of the natural world?  How do we address the urgencies and insistencies of climate change without falling into dogmatic language and hollow tub-thumping phrases? Can poetry be politically engaged and subtle at the same time? Can we write authentically and engagingly about natural phenomena and natural history when most of us live busy urban lives?

This is a poetry writing and poetry reading course, focussed on issues connected to environmental and nature writing in the modern word.  Through workshops, seminars and tutorials, the course will give students the opportunity to explore their attitudes towards nature through poetic expression, and to experiment with different written approaches.  Sessions will include the close reading of contemporary “nature poets” as a way of establishing literary reference points and coordinates, but essentially this is about students developing and sharing their own work, using walks and “word-finding” excursions in the local countryside as a launch-pad for writing exercises and a basis for inspiration.  The week will culminate in a reading or performance of students’ own poems on the final evening.  Oh, and it will be fun.

This course is open to all but better suited to those with some experience of writing poetry, even at a beginner's level, and some experience of reading contemporary (i.e. post WW2) poetry. Enthusiasm is the main requirement. A good grasp of the English language is a necessity. Simon Armitage will be supplying a reading list of maybe half a dozen books which students should read beforehand but do not have to bring with them unless they want to.  There is no need to submit your own poetry in advance or to bring it with you. Simon Armitage will be concentrating on enabling students to produce NEW written work, rather than offering a manuscript-reading service for pre-written work.

Simon Armitage is the current UK Poet Laureate (2019-2029). He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected to serve as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford for 2015-2019. In Spring 2019, he held the post of Holmes Visiting Professor at Princeton University, USA. Previously, he taught at the University of Leeds, the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University before his 2011 appointment as Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Professor at the University of Falmouth.

Simon has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes, an Eric Gregory Award, a major Lannan Award, a Cholmondeley Award, the Spoken Word Award (Gold), the Ivor Novello Award for song-writing, BBC Radio Best Speech Programme, Television Society Award for Documentary and Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. He won the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and was awarded the 2018 Queens Gold Medal for Poetry. In 1999 Simon was named the Millennium Poet, and in 2004 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010 and presented with the Hay Medal for Poetry at the 25th Hay Festival in 2012. As part of Britain’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad and while Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank, Simon conceived and curated Poetry Parnassus, a gathering of world poets and poetry from every Olympic nation. This landmark event is generally recognised to be the biggest coming together of international poets in history.

Reserve your place at https://www.campfr.com/simonarmitage 
No payment is required to reserve a place.

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5 days, 6 nights
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Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 09:00 to Sunday, September 5, 2021 - 23:00
Price: 
The workshop costs €1299, inclusive of accommodation, excellent food and drinks (all diets catered for), transport from Toulouse and all activities. Grants, bursaries and discounts available, see www.campfr.com/funding

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CAMP, Rue Principale, Aulus les Bains, 09140 France

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Info & booking: www.campfr.com/simonarmitage
Email: hello@campfr.com
FB: www.facebook.com/campfr
Twitter: www.twitter.com/camp_fr
Instagram: www.instagram.com/camp_fr

Character Portrait- Escaping the Ego -Poetry Course

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Residential poetry course, fully catered: Character Portraits – Escaping the Ego will focus upon constructing and depicting characters and personalities in poetry, using friends, family, lovers and strangers, objects and emotions, and most fundamentally, writing in the second and third person. This will inject verve and versatility into your writing, while sidestepping the inevitable trappings of purely autobiographical verse. Open to all levels. Tutored by Rhian Edwards, guest reader Polly Atkin. 

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Monday 6 August - Saturday 11 August
Price: 
£528 - £628 inc. 20%discount

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The Garsdale Retreat

Garsdale

Sedbergh

Cumbria

LA10 5PW

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www.thegarsdaleretreat.co.uk

info@thegarsdaleretreat.co.uk

01539-234184

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