NATURE WRITING

Putting wildness into words

Monday May 18th - Saturday May 23rd 2020

Totleigh Barton

How can we refresh our seeing and ‘green up’ our writing? What is nature writing, and how does it differ from, say, a field guide to orchids? We’ll think about the self and the subject and how to balance the two, and explore how to write positively about wildness at a time when the natural world is so vulnerable. Paying attention is a kind of love, and our efforts begin here: getting down first words in the wild (notebooks and close looking) and then moving on from field observation to sentences and more. Nestled in deepest Devon countryside, Totleigh Barton in May is a feast for nature writers. Bring outdoor kit if possible, and be prepared to look at a hedge or a tree for long enough to feel it looking back at you.

Single room price: £815

 

COURSE TUTORS

Totleigh Barton garden and pond

Totleigh Barton

Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon.

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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