Stirred: Witching Hour

The workshop on Saturday had some great stuff that came from it. I’ll do a separate post that showcases some of that. For now though here are the prompts for you to respond to:

Witches Workshop for Stirred Poetry 18/10/14

Free Writing Word Hoard: create a word hoard of words and concepts you associate with witches as women to feared, powerful with the ability to heal or harm, knowledgeable. Begin by listing attributes that you think a witch owns: Fearless, curious, power, knowledge, esoteric knowledge, can fly.

What do witches do? Curse, cast, fly, spell, owncats, threaten, stalk, brew, poison.

witches word hoard

Have a look at Augusta Webster, Victorian female poet who wrote Medea in Athens here to think about the power of words. She frequently wrote about outsiders/outcasts.

Look at Louise Gluck’s Circe and write a poem about a famous/non famous/imaginary Witch/Scorceress etc

Look at the structure of Alison Croggon’s Medea, using a pantoum form. The repetition is like an incantation write your own poem using this structure using bold language like ‘’treacherous lips’’

Lipogram- A lipogram is a kind of constrained writing or word game consisting in writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is avoided—usually a common vowel, and frequently “E”, the most common letter in the English language. A variant of a lipogram is a beautiful outlaw, where you forbid yourself from using the letters of someone’s name and create a poem for them. Choose a witches name from those below, then ban yourself from using the letters and see what words you come up with. Use these as basis for a poem.


Also, here is a pagan name generator where you choose an element and input your name to create a witchy name. Do this then write a poem for your character.

Write a poem that transforms the domestic to the magical, you can use pets, cleaning products, chores, mundane tasks.  List these and then choose a phrase to chant with.

Our upcoming workshops include Breaking the Mould on Saturday 1st November, 10.14am, at Sapphormation and Misunderstanding: Words and Snow on Wednesday 26th November, 7pm, as part of Nous festival, As We Are Away. 

Otherwise, we will see you and your poems on Monday 27th October. 

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The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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