Bodies of Work - Writing Poems for 13-17 year olds

Writing poems using the body as inspiration

In this course, you will learn how to make big abstract emotions specific and tangible. Through a mixture of drawing and writing you will learn how to centre emotions in the body, craft metaphors, write freely and without inhibition and finally read two poems and use them as a basis to write a poem from your own feelings and experiences. The key to this course is remembering that you and your experience of the world is important and worth writing about.

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Your Instructor

Lewis Buxton
Lewis Buxton

Lewis Buxton is a poet, performer and arts producer. In 2018-19 his pamphlet ‘Weight’ was selected as one of the Poetry School & Nine Arches Press Primers Volume 4 poets. Lewis was the recipient of the 2018 UEA Literacy Festival Bursary for Creative Writing. His work has been published in The Rialto, Magma, Ambit & Oxford Poetry. He is Director of TOAST, a live poetry event and workshops project designed to support poets in the U.K. He has performed in theatres and at literary festivals across the country. He teaches creative writing in schools and libraries for organisations like The Poetry Society, The Poetry School & The National Centre for Writing. He has completed residencies with First Story, The Norwich Arts Centre and BBC Norfolk, and currently lives in Norwich.

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