On Paying Attention: A poetry workshop

Sara Saleh

Saturday 18 February 2023, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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Participants in face to face courses must comply with any precautionary measures related to COVID-19 that Writing NSW puts in place.

This poetry writing course, On Paying Attention: A poetry workshop with Sara Saleh, will be held at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Attention is the beginning of devotion, as Mary Oliver said, and what is poetry but the ultimate form of devotion? The power, wonder and possibilities of all that is around us entreat our attention. In this workshop, we will explore poetry as the art of paying attention. Drawing on and intimately engaging with the works of poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks and Aracelis Girmay, and guided by a range of prompts and techniques, Sara Saleh will take you through workshopping poems born out of the act of noticing, of being dedicated and open to our exteriors, and interiors. We will write poetry that ebbs and flows with what surrounds us, with what we tend to (and remember to tend to) and what we love.

Hear Sara share her work in this Sydney Writers Festival conversation, ‘Unacknowledged Legislators.’

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Expected learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the somatic experience and being in the world as poetic resource.
  2. Experience a nurturing environment in which poetic work will be engaged with tenderly and rigorously.
  3. Learn how to cultivate practices of attention and holding space for the intricacies of language we love.
  4. Workshop a draft poem and receive feedback.

Participant requirements

Pen and paper, laptop optional. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.

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