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Voice and Rhythm in Prose Poetry, masterclass with Paul Hetherington 19/6/23

Paul is our very popular Aussie  prose poetry expert who explores characteristics of prose poetry in-depth.

He’ll recap on the fundamentals of prose poetry and then focus on voice and rhythm, with plenty of examples.  Voice and rhythm are just as important to prose poetry as other forms of poetry and verse. Yet prose poetry rhythms and voicings are rarely discussed. This workshop provides an opportunity to explore these techniques. The workshop will focus on different forms of flow and speed in prose poetry, and the use of techniques that break or fracture such flow for poetic purposes—including the use of short and/or staccato sentences or phrases. It will explore how prose poetry may be a form of ventriloquism; and, also, how prose poems employ various kinds of speech, including the vernacular. It will ask whether prose poetry’s language has a texture or ‘feel’ and, if so, what that may mean poetically. Examples will be provided from a variety of contemporary prose poems, to inspire you to write your own prose poetry and discuss your work.

Cost & Timing

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Monday 19 June 2023

10 am – 12.30 pm, UK time  // 5pm – 7.30pm Western Australian Time // 7 pm – 9.30 pm, Eastern Australian time

2.5 hours long

Cost £30 GBP (under $60AUD with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)

Maximum 22 people

Online on Zoom

About Paul Hetherington 

Paul Hetherington is a distinguished Australian poet and Emeritus Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra. He has written or edited 45 creative and critical books, including 17 full-length collections of poetry, among which are the prose poetry books, Ragged Disclosures (Recent Work Press, 2022), Her One Hundred and Seven Words (MadHat Press, 2021) and the collaboratively written Fugitive Letters. He founded International Poetry Studies at his university in 2013 and the international Prose Poetry Project in 2014. His poetry has appeared in more than 70 anthologies and has won or been nominated for more than 40 national and international awards and competitions. With Professor Cassandra Atherton, he co-authored the monograph, Prose Poetry: An Introduction (Princeton University Press, 2020) and co-edited the Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry (Melbourne University Press, 2020).

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Jun 19 2023


10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 19 2023
  • Time: 5:00 am - 7:30 am




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