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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 can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact program@writersvictoria.org.au to arrange a refund in this situation.

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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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: 0390947840
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Desire in Poetry

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