Poetry: Tutored Retreat

Moving Your Practice On

Monday December 13th - Saturday December 18th 2021

Lumb Bank

Find time for your writing and be guided to move your practice on with Ann and Peter, ‘the most astute and effective writing tutors in the country’ (Simon Armitage).

This retreat offers the chance to work on individual poems or a short collection. As well as tutorials there will be an optional reading task and you will be encouraged to join in ‘the active learning’ process of two writing workshops. Reading and writing during the week will allow a perspective on your practice, not just in how you start poems but also in the best ways of revising them, keeping the poems alive as they find their final form. For those who wish to, there will be chance also to share poetry enthusiasms in the evenings and in small groups. Towards the end of the week we will also discuss routes into publication.

We are inviting applications from as wide a group as possible, from experienced and new writers alike, and from all walks of life. The only criteria are commitment, talent and a sense that you have reached a stage where you might benefit from Ann and Peter’s input. Course participants will be chosen as part of a selection process, so you cannot book a place in advance. Please send six poems, a paragraph about what you would hope to get out of the week, and a short biographical note to lumbbank@arvon.org by Monday 20 September. We will let you know if you have been successful by mid October.

*We have worked hard to ensure our retreats are as Covid-compliant as possible and can’t wait to welcome you to The Hurst. To learn more about the measures we have taken please click here

Single room price: £815

Grants are available to help with the course fee

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Lumb Bank house

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.

“I arrived at the beginning of the week wondering whether I might be a writer or even if I could write. But when I left, not only did I feel I could write, I knew that’s what I was going to do next.”

—Piers Torday

“It is invaluable to writers at an early stage to have this feedback on their work. Many people on my course said that they wished that they had received this type of input earlier in their career – that it might have borne fruit and improved their success. It also provides time to think – in an over complicated world it is hard to carve time for yourself against the requirements of work, family, and daily chores. Arvon was a breath of fresh creative air.”

—Penny Clark

“Both courses I attended have had a massive impact on my writing, and been part of the motivation and encouragement I needed to begin working professionally as a writer.”

—Course participant

Monday

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

Tuesday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Tuesday evening the tutors will give readings from, or talks about their work followed by Q&A.

Wednesday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Wednesday evening the guest speaker will join you for a reading and Q&A.

Thursday

From Tuesday to Friday in the mornings and afternoons, the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days.

Friday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Friday there will be the customary sharing of work produced – or honed – during the rest of the week.

Saturday

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

What is a Tutored Retreat?

Tutored retreats are for more experienced writers, not beginners. The focus is on space to progress with your current work, plus in-depth support from two tutors available for one-to-one tutorials. Unlike our normal open courses, there are no workshops. Instead you will have four one-to-one tutorials, two with each tutor, as opposed to two on normal courses. A mid-week guest will read on Wednesday. On the last day you will all share your writing with a celebratory reading in the evening.

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