Courses

3 Weeks: Expanded Approaches to Writing

6 - 20 February 2019


Wednesdays, 6.30 – 9.00pm

With reference to the exhibition Crone Music, writer and artist Daniella Valz Gen will lead this course, looking at approaches to writing in response to a range of stimuli including music, body movement and landscape. This course will focus on practice-based approaches informed by non-normative embodied positionings. As such, it prioritises queer, trans and crip perspectives.

Each session will start with an introduction to the topic through text and performance-based examples, followed by an immersive experiential component in which time-based exercises will be framed as the root of the writing process.

Session 1: Writing rhythm through flow
This session explores compositional structures derived from music and the use of motifs or repetition. We will look at jazz poetry and the work of Amiri Baraka, Saul Williams and Julian Talamantez Brolaski. We will end the session with a writing exercise based on a deep listening of Frank Ocean.

Session 2: Writing from the body
In this session, we will discuss writing that derives from altered states of mind and writing processes that centre embodied experience in reference to the work of Michael Taussig and César Calvo. We will devise and execute an immersive ritualised exercise based on CAConrad’s Somatic Writing prompts.

Session 3: Writing with the non-human
The last session will consider ways of understanding the universe based on kinship with the natural world. We will discuss our understanding of writing about – and with – nature by looking at the work of Cecilia Vicuña, Ed Roberson and Joy Harjo. The practical aspect of this session will take place in Camden Arts Centre’s garden.

Bursary Places
In addition to our concessionary rate, we are offering four free bursary places on this course as part of Camden Arts Centre’s commitment to access, equality and diversity. We are specifically interested in applications from queer, trans and intersex people of colour (QTIPOC). To apply for a bursary place, please send no more than 200 words via email to livvy.murdoch@camdenartscentre.org briefly outlining your interest in the programme and how it would benefit you. Deadline: 10.00am, 21 January 2019

Additional information:

  • This course is suitable for all levels and abilities.
  • All materials and equipment are included.
  • For further information about access at Camden Arts Centre, please see here.

Daniella Valz Gen will lead this course. Daniella is a writer and artist born in Lima and based in London. Her work explores the interstices between languages, cultures and value systems with an emphasis on embodiment. Subversive Economies, her first poetry chapbook in English, was recently published by PSS Press. Her prose has been published in E.R.O.S Journal, SALT. Magazine, Montez Press Calendar Series and Paperwork Magazine. A newly commissioned essay will feature in the next issue of The Happy Hypocrite (Bookworks 2019). Daniella holds degrees in Media and Communications, Fine Art and a Masters in Visual Cultures. She has worked as a journalist, a film critic, and has conducted several creative writing workshops for Whitstable Biennial, not/nowhere, Dream Babes and as part of the Writing the City residency with Serpentine Projects.
These workshops are adapted from original research and teaching commissioned by not/nowhere, an artist workers’ cooperative that programmes workshops, screenings, exhibitions and other events. Read more

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Full fee
The full fee is paid by everyone who doesn’t qualify for the senior or concessionary fee.

Senior fee
If you are aged 65 years or over at the start of the course you are eligible to pay our reduced senior fee.

If you are aged 65 years or over with a household income of under £16,000 you are eligible for the concessionary fee. See below.

Concessionary fee*
The concessionary fee is available to attendees who are in receipt of the following:
• Pension or Savings Credit
• Aged 65+, with a household income of under £16,000
• Working Tax Credit
• Income Support
• Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Employment and Support Allowance
• Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independent Payment
• Incapacity Benefit
• Universal Credit
• Housing or Council Tax Benefit/Support
• Carers Allowance
• Child Tax Credit and have a household income of under £16,000
• Full-time students with NUS cards

*Information gathered from updated government guidance: http://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Terms and Conditions
• Booking on a course at Camden Arts Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement. These are available to read on our website and at the Bookshop.
• Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.
• Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.
• All materials are provided.