Taalmonument offers popular workshop again, but in virtual format

For those confronted by writer’s block when putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard to create poetry, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) once again offers a poetic solution: a virtual workshop on Tuesday, 30 March 2021, with beloved poetry expert Prof Bernard Odendaal.

The enjoyable late afternoon, presented in conjunction with the ATKV-Skryfskool of the North-West University, will discuss various aspects of poetry and include a practical section to polish participants’ poems. Since the workshop is aimed at people who want to gain insight into improving their poems, they are encouraged to have one of their poems handy.

Odendaal, the director of the ATKV-Skryfskool, is an expert in the field of Afrikaans poetry and a published poet, songwriter and essayist in own right; his second collection of poetry Nootvat. Kwashaal. Stapel. – will be published in April 2021. He will lead the discussion, with reference to a guidebook that will be made available to participants in advance.

Some of the questions that will be discussed are: why do we, as humans, write poems; what distinguishes poems from other written forms; do lyrics and poems differ at all from each other; and how what can one judge a poem’s artistic value? Afterwards, workshop attendees will be invited to send two versions of their own poem to the presenter for comment: what it looked like ahead of the time, and how it was processed or rewritten based on the skills gained at the workshop.

This course takes place from 17:00 to 20:30 to accommodate learners and workers, and costs only R250 per person. Places are limited, so please book by 28 March 2021 with Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or bemarking2@taalmuseum.co.za to ensure participation. More about the ATKV-Skryfskool at http://humanities.nwu.ac.za/af/atkv-creative-writing/oor-ons

The ATM annually hosts a series of courses and workshops focusing on the development of basic professional skills. This year’s programme includes topics such as book repairs and an AWS writing workshop. Suggestions for additional workshops are welcomed. For more information on all the other planned events, concerts and courses at the Taalmonument (covid-19 taken into account), call 021 872 3441/863 0543, visit www.taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. THE MONUMENT AND MUSEUM ARE STILL OPEN TO VISITORS.