I loved that your workshop took me out of my head, where I seem to have been stuck recently, and back into my body. It was a wonderfully different approach to writing and gave me the chance to play. Thank you so much!
Workshop participant, Falmouth University, 2016
From November 2017, Em will be offering full-day workshops in Embodied Poetry to a maximum of 12 participants. These will be introductory days, stepping-stones to a deeper immersion in 3-day workshops beginning in 2018.
There will be particular focus on
- Sound – where and how do words resonate in the body? ‘Hearing is a physical response, not just an intellectual one’ (Fran Quinn).
- The visual – what does it mean to see? How do we experience perception, and what role do our eyes play in this?
- Somatic awareness – what does the body tell us about the poem, before we’ve even finished reading it?
- Movement – what happens to language when we embody its shape or dance its meaning?
If you’re holding your breath in any way, a part of you is not present.
Kristin Linklater, Freeing the Natural Voice
The discussion and analysis of poems will form part of the workshops, but emphasis will be placed not just on an intellectual understanding, but also on an embodied experience: how do poems make a connection with our blood, our hearts, our breath? How can poems help us to see more clearly?
‘Seeing’ and experiencing poetry in an embodied way can transform the way we approach writing practice, and can enable the poet to access his or her own unique, authentic voice.
Teaching any kind of writing is largely a matter of helping the student develop the habit of art. I think this is more than just a discipline, although it is that; I think it is a way of looking at the created world and of using the senses so as to make them find as much meaning as possible in things.
Flannery O’Connor, Mystery And Manners
Workshops will take place in Edinburgh, November 2017 and February 2018. If you’re interested in participating, please complete the below contact form for further details.