LIFE WRITING

How to turn life into prose

Monday October 5th - Saturday October 10th 2020

The Hurst

Maya Angelou once said, ‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.’ This course will support writers to give voice to challenging personal experiences; to write in an authentic and engaging way, moving from simply telling the story of ‘what happened’ to crafting a work of meaning and originality. Turning a personal story of hurt or harm into credible, expressive or comic prose can be exciting but also challenging. We will consider how writers avoid falling into the genre of misery memoir and instead create a work of beauty, truth and humour. We will look at how to make the epic intimate and the intimate epic; how to blend comedy with serious issues of isolation and prejudice; and how to reveal your inner life without feeling compromised or exposed. This course is aimed at writers of all levels including those who have experiences from their own life which only now need to be told.

Single room price: £850

 

COURSE TUTORS

The Hurst front

The Hurst

The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

Tuesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst

Wednesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Course participant writing on a sofa in the barn at Lumb Bank

Thursday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

A woman smiling and listening to a writing tutor speak at Lumb Bank

Friday

Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Course participants eating at The Hurst

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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