POETRY

Making the most of the external world

Monday August 17th - Saturday August 22nd 2020

The Hurst

This course will focus on how poets can draw broad and various stimuli into their poems. Taking inspiration from a diverse pool of materials, including visual art, genre fiction, theory, pop music, leaves, dreams, animals and buildings, we will consider what exists outside of a poem and how this can imbue our writing with a sense of hybridity and brandnewness. Alongside this, we will consider poets who have made this practice a part of their own writing, focusing on contemporary writers who utilise various practices and specialisms so that their poems breach the usual confines of what we expect a poem to ‘be’. Be prepared to upend usual conceptions of poems while working with other forms, so that your poems may break new ground.

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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