Living Liminal
Sarah Barnette

LEVEL 1: £125 or £25/session (plus a sticker, badge, and journal)
LEVEL 2: £62.50 or £12.50/session (limited to 6 spaces)
LEVEL 3: £31.25 or £6.25/session (limited to 6 spaces)

2 Free Bursary Spaces Available

Starts June 22nd

Wednesdays 6-8pm (BSTT)

via Zoom

These five workshops invite you to explore the concept of liminality through writing into the uncertainty, disorientation, and hybridity that states of being in-between bring. Liminality comes from the Latin word “limen,” meaning “threshold.” What might we learn about ourselves and our writing practices when we slip into the fluid or volatile, when we see the fragments and search the cracks, inhabit in-between spaces and drift through voids?


During these workshops, you will command the liminal, unknown, and changeful in the way of Keats’s Negative Capability, “capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” Standing at the brink and living on the verge, you will write into boundary-blurring and “remaining content with half-knowledge.” Whether you are working in memoir and want to explore yourself as a liminal space or you are working in fiction and want to find new ways to deep-dive into Character studies, this workshop invites you walk along the edges of your own imagination and experience. 

Open to all skill levels, writers of all genres, and artists of any creative medium. You can sign up for all the weeks or just the ones that interest you most.


Week 1 June 22nd: Liminality as Site of “betwixt and between” 

You will learn about the origins of the term liminality and explore the possibilities of writing “betwixt and between,” experimenting with place, memory, and the two-faced nature of individual words.  


Week 2 June 29th: Liminality as Site of Transformation 

Thinking of ritual and rites of passage, you will explore observing and writing into feelings of disorientation through text, image, and music.  


Week 3 July 6th: Liminality as Site of Transcendence 

You will flicker and vibrate into spaces both otherworldly and real through thinking about dreams, daydreams, mysticism, and illness.  


Week 4 July 13th: Liminality as Site of Hybridity 

Exploring identity via relationships and travel, you will bridge/connect/blur the similarities and differences between the familiar and unfamiliar, between Self and Other.  


Week 5 July 20th: Liminality as Site of Endlessness 

This week you will explore liminality as endless based on our current ecological situation. You will be invited to experiment in your writing with human-animal boundaries, ideas of time and eternity, and gardening. 

Week 6 July 27th: Optional Open Mic

Dr. Sarah Barnette is currently a Guest Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Copenhagen. An American abroad, Sarah has an MLitt in Romantic and Victorian Culture from the University of St. Andrews and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Oxford. As a specialist in nineteenth-century fiction by women writers, Sarah straddles the line between academic and creative writing. Her work has been published in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, The Publications of the English Goethe Society, The Journal of Victorian Culture Online, Behind the Scenes at Nuneaton Museum, Renovatio, OC87, and is forthcoming in Lingua Natolina. 


Sarah has worked as a Professional Writing Tutor at Villanova University in the US and is nearing completion of her MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. She is working on memoir and a creative nonfiction book based on her PhD research. Sarah is especially interested in supporting writers navigating creative critical work. The lyric essay and the interrogation of writing while writing are just two of her many love affairs with words on the page.  


Twitter: @DrSarahBarnette