Online: Presencing Absence: Recording Loss in Words with Fióna Bolger Writing course Irish Writers Centre Dublin

Online: Presencing Absence: Recording Loss in Words with Fióna Bolger

Starts: Tues 22 June 2021
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 3 Weeks
Cost: €90/€83

Course Level: Emerging/Advanced

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT)


Course Summary: 

If you’d like to take time out to consider all the losses you have experienced in the past year or more, if you’d like to gather them up and record them, transform them into something you can share or put away, this is the course for you. You will read works focusing on losses of various kinds. You will discuss the transformation that happens when we record experiences. There will be opportunities to write and share but no pressure to share. Participation is to the level where you are comfortable. All languages are welcome. All levels of writing experience are welcome.

Course Outline: 

  1. World wide words, focusing on writers who write between languages and their writings on loss.
  2. Let me count the ways, looking at ways of counting, numbering and how this may help us consider our own lives.
  3. What’s the word for... excavating words from our own memories and borrowing from other languages words which may expand our ideas about the feelings we wish to record.

Each session will consist of close readings of poems, discussions and writing, which is then shared.

Course Outcomes: 

By the end of the course you will have explored ways to record your losses in language. You will have considered how other writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds have approached loss. You will have experimented with new forms and ways of working with language.

Fióna Bolger is an experienced facilitator and poet. She co-facilitated Dublin Writers’ Forum for eight years. She has run workshops in Irish Writers’ Centre, Mother Tongues Festival and Yoda Press, New Delhi and writing groups across Dublin as well as in universities in India and Germany. Her collection a compound of words was published by Yoda Press, 2019. Her next collection is due out from Salmon Poetry in 2021.

 Praise for ‘All the Words in the World’ in IWC, Dublin

I wanted to thank you again for this great workshop. I learned a lot both about texts by authors much better than myself (I never knew there were so many mind-blowing plurilingual poems out there!) and about my own writing. Your enthusiasm for the topic and your knowledge about it made it fun to attend the workshop as well, and I'm really grateful for that.- Marion Schulte

Thank you for a stimulating workshop and exploration of poetry. You brought my attention back to poets and forms I'd forgotten. I very much appreciated the poems you shared and your enthusiasm for language and poetry. The exercises got my mind going and pen (virtual in my case) moving. – Jamie O’Halloran

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