Memoir

Transforming real life into art

Monday June 17th - Saturday June 22nd 2019

Lumb Bank

“What happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the large sense that the writer is able to make of what happened,” wrote VS Pritchett. This course is for writers who wish to take truth and experience from their own lives, or another’s, and transform it into a memoir, with the focus on the telling of a story. We will consider the technical and creative opportunities and challenges of writing in this form, and focus on turning the particular into the universal. This course is aimed at writers of all levels and will provide invaluable and inspiring ways of seeing, and writing about, ‘life’.

Single room price: £795

Shared room price: £745

Grants are available to help with the course fee

COURSE TUTORS

Lumb Bank

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Monday

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

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.

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.

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.

Friday

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

Saturday

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

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