Poetry: Tutored Retreat

Creating Poetry in a Brave New World

Monday July 12th - Saturday July 17th 2021

The Hurst

How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world /That has such people in’t!’ – The Tempest

As we step bravely into this new world, turn a page on our lives, we find the world is changed and we are changed with her, not just as people but as poets. How might we re-engage with our work in the precious company of other ‘goodly creatures’? Here’s a first taste of the old world freshly discovered, a chance to sample the joys that high summer, an open house, a community of poets, fields and skies can bring to our lives and poems. You are invited to submit up to three poems of no more than 200 words in total to thehurst@arvon.org by Friday 2nd July.

*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: £850

This course is available half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and benefits-related concessions.
Grants are available to help with the course fee

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.

“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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