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Prose Poetry



Lucy Van




Why is prose so good at being poetry? That is exactly the kind of leading question you might fold into your next prose poem. In this workshop we will talk about the strange and lively things going on in prose poetry, one of the strangest and liveliest forms of writing around. Everyday language seems able to stand outside itself, becoming an exuberant structure for holding literary deviance and marginal subjectivities. Let’s stand outside everyday language with prose poetry.
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You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. 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 [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • Key moments of the prose poem in the western literary tradition
  • Key moments of the prose poem in the anti-imperialist, feminist counter-tradition
  • Ways into the inherent mystery of description
  • Ways into the exquisite power of address
  • Ways to write and read your first draft

About the Tutor:

Lucy Van writes poetry and criticism. She is a senior research associate in the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne. She was a writer in residence at Overland (2019-2020), and a Melbourne Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2018-2019). Her first poetry collection, The Open (Cordite 2021), was longlisted for the Stella prize, shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award and highly commended in the Anne Elder Award.

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Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 19 May 2023 - 4:00
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