Poetry: Towards a Collection

Navigating a maze of your own creation

Monday April 29th - Saturday May 4th 2019

The Hurst

Do you have some poems in a pile? Do you need that extra push to step out into the sky and create a book? The word ‘collection’ is misleading, since the process of writing a poetry book is so much deeper than ‘collecting’. Poems have chemical reactions with each other, and collections have personalities far beyond the sum of their parts. With guidance from both a poetry and publishing perspective, prepare to think hard about the poems you already have, and to write an almost criminal amount of new work too.

Single room price: £835

Grants are available to help with the course fee

COURSE TUTORS

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

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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