One-day Creative Writing Workshop: The Imagination and the Erotic in Poetry (November, 2014:Prague, Czech Republic)

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net
contact email: 
eroticpoetry1@inter-disciplinary.net

One-day Creative Writing Workshop: The Imagination and the Erotic in Poetry

Friday 7th November 2014,
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Participation:
This intensive one day workshop is titled after William Butler Yeats’s tempation poem. The evocative title of his poem will serve as a lead-in to the workshop. Aside from “All Things Can Tempt Me,” we will read other poems that sometimes depart from the merely physical world into the erotic imagination and fantasy. In doing so, we will explore different ways in which poems can accommodate the erotic. Through examples of erotic poems participants will sharpen their critical thinking in what makes an erotic poem. During our workshop we will also write poems that draw from imagination and traverse often in manifold fantasies. We will try to draw the parallel between eroticism and creative expression. The poets of erotic poetry can function just as cinematic spectators or they can express themselves through depictions of erotic spaces, sexual union, even transgression. Furthermore, we will focus on elements of craft:

- How do you write an erotic poem?
- How do images contribute to the meaning?

Participants will work on several in-class writing tasks that may result in poems that inhabit all manner of the erotic fantasy. Your writing will be read and discussed by everyone in your group, giving you the advantages of an engaged readership. Everyone is expected to give the same considered feedback to others on their work. The poems will be presented at the end of the workshop on a poetry reading in the afternoon. Writers of all experience levels who have an impulse to try writing poems are welcome to take part.

Places on this workshop are capped so we invite expressions of interest for people thinking of attending and for them to send a statement of their interest and experience/expertise to the organising chairs by Friday 31st October 2014:

Natalia Kaloh Vid: nkv@inter-disciplinary.net
Rob Fisher: eroticpoetry1@inter-disciplinary.net

Schedule:
The day will begin with registration between Friday 7th November 2014 and will be followed by a series of presentation sessions and workshops. Refreshments and a 2 course sit-down lunch will be provided. After the final workshop and summation of the days discussions and the event will end with a wine reception.

Registration Fee: £95. This Includes:
-conference registration fee
-discounted rate off any Inter-Disciplinary Press or Fisher Imprints publications
-access to the conference project initiative support materials
-morning coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruits, cakes
-2 course waiter served lunch
-afternoon coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruits, cakes
-Wine Reception

Workshop Leaders:
Natalia Kaloh Vid: University of Maribor, Slovenia.
Kristina Kocan: poet and translator, University of Maribor, Slovenia.

Organising Committee:
Natalia Kaloh Vid: University of Maribor, Slovenia.
Rob Fisher: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Selected works will also be published in a special issue of the Monsters and the Monstrous Journal in 2015. Details of the journal can be found here: http://monstersjournal.net/

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

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