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Online Workshop: Desire in Poetry



Ellen van Neerven




In this workshop, we will deep-dive into the archive of desire in poetry, using examples from a diverse range of Australian and international poets, and perform a series of writing experiments to draft poems. We will examine different types of desire, including the desire to connect, to look after environment, the desire for a future and for better health. We will consider desire in a way that gives power to female and genderqueer bodies, the bodies that are often forgotten in mainstream discourse, and heighten the confidence of participants of all levels to write about desire.
A photo of Ellen van Neerven.


You Will Learn:

  • How to draw a reader in through a first line
  • How to condense the work into images
  • How to play and brainstorm ideas for a poem
  • How to write about love and desire in unexpected ways
  • How to write with vulnerability

About the Tutor:

Ellen van Neerven is the award-winning author of two poetry books: Throat and Comfort Food and a novel-in-stories Heat and Light.  Their work is often interested in the intersection of desire and belonging. They are also an experienced editor and educator. They are Mununjali living on Turrbal land. 

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Phone: 90947855
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 11 November 2022 - 4:00
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