Experimental Writing for Prose and Poetry
Saturday 19 October, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
This workshop will explore the ways in which rules are present in all our writing, and how a better understanding of these rules allows us to bend them, break them, or replace them with ones we create ourselves. Suitable for writers of poetry, fiction or non-fiction at all levels, this workshop will help anyone who wants to push their craft in unexpected directions.
The course will offer a brief overview of constrained and experimental writing. Participants will workshop ideas during the day, being guided through a number of experimental techniques that can help to combat writers block or find a new perspective on a piece.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Participants will gain an understanding of how:
- Harsh laws can craft a paragraph as art that’s rampant, sharp, warm;
- The best sentences emerge when we set precedents, select letters and scheme;
- Inhibiting, strict writing is fixing things, inspiring ink-rich scribbles;
- How to control words for good books, or poor books, too; and
- Thus, shun such glum pulp; stunts usurp dumbstruck schmucks, pumps up lungs.
Pen and paper or fully charged device. Also feel free to bring along any dictionary you may have.
About the tutor
Dave Drayton is an amateur banjo player, founding member of the Atterton Academy, Kanganoulipian, and the author of four books of experimental writing: E, UIO, A: A feghoot, A Pet Per Ably-Faced kid, P(oe)Ms, Haiturograms and Poetic Pentagons. He received a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney.