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Desire in Poetry

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.


  • When: Sunday 13 November 2022, 10am-4pm
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Ellen van Neerven

About the tutor

Ellen van Neerven smiles at the camera.

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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