Online course, with fortnightly tuition alongside ongoing exercises and assessment
Coastlines are edges, ledges, legible lines caught in a double-bind of writing and erasing.
The phrase ‘writing coastlines’ implies a double meaning. In this course we’ll read poets who write about coastlines as a way of evoking a condition of being in-between places (Etel Adnan, Sea and Fog; Geraldine Monk, They Who Saw the Deep). We’ll also draw on language from science and ecology (Darwin’s Voyages of the Beagle; Rachael Carson’s The Sea Around Us) to consider the coastlines themselves as engaged in acts of writing and erasing.
Intermingling interdisciplinary ways of thinking and writing, in this course we’ll generate writing which blurs boundaries between land and sea, coming and going, here and there, home and away.
This course is delivered online. It is open to international students.
About the tutor
J. R. Carpenter is a UK-based artist, writer, performer, and researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. Her pioneering works of digital art and literature have been presented in museums, galleries, and festivals around the world.
She is a winner of the CBC Quebec Writing Competition, the QWF Carte Blanche Quebec Award, the Expozine Alternative Press Award, the Dot Award for Digital Literature, and the New Media Writing Prize. Her debut poetry collection, An Ocean of Static, was highly commended for the Forward Prizes 2018.
Her second collection, This is a Picture of Wind, was published by Longbarrow Press in 2020.