Voices of the Earth
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Creative partners Zélie and Philip Gross, the award-winning poet, lead this popular annual course for people with any level of experience in writing or visual media, or none. Now online, the course brings the same ethos and hands-on approach to writing poetry and/or making art underpinned by a sense of our place among life on Earth. Through differently engaging individual or collaborative activities, more abundant resources and ample support in each medium, we will experiment with the rich possibilities of this virtual setting in making creative sense of strange and changing times.
The clearly designed course pages guide you through engagement with this year’s course theme, The Near Distance, offering a variety of approaches and practical techniques for you to work with as you choose. Forums provide spaces for conversations, sharing work in progress and creative experiment, and there’s a weekly Zoom session plus further opportunities for live one-to-one consultations or small group workshops. Zélie and Philip are on hand throughout to help you open up the creative possibilities within the course and in the world around us. Activities involving visual responses can be done in any medium you choose or have readily available; you will need to have access to some means of taking photographs that can be uploaded on the course site.
If you have questions about this out-of-the-ordinary course, please contact Woodbrooke and the tutors will be pleased to respond.
Zélie Gross’ long association with Woodbrooke includes designing and tutoring a range of onsite, offsite and online courses, as well as writing and editing Quaker publications. She is enthusiastic about enabling participants on her courses to discover their unique gifts and abilities and to broaden their experience through exposure to new stimuli and fresh challenges. A skilled group facilitator, Zélie brings her background in art teaching to an essentially creative approach to learning, together with a preference for collaborative ways of working and techniques that promote playful experiment. Participants find her practical hands-on presence in the art room both supportive and liberating, whether they are complete beginners or experienced practitioners.
Through nearly 40 years of teaching and enabling creative writing for all ages, from infant classes through to university, Philip Gross has grown more and more committed to the principles of collaboration and a disciplined playfulness in freeing the life of our words. In his wide-ranging writing he has worked with visual artists, dancers and musicians as well as fellow poets, and his own prize-winning poetry has been praised both for its powers of close observation and his thoughtful, questioning, exploratory approach to the writing itself. He finds a telling connection between this attitude to creativity and the experience of Quaker discernment, holding a shared attentive space together in which sometimes surprising patterns and clear leadings can emerge.
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