Poetry

Schooling the strange

October 8th - October 13th 2018

The Hurst

“No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader,” wrote Robert Frost. How do we surprise ourselves in the writing of new poems, let in the super-real as well as honest feeling and thought? Looking at how we can use patterning and form to generate transformative ideas and juxtapositions, we’ll experiment with a variety of techniques to help give shape to the unexpected poem-within-the-poem during both early drafts and editing. We’ll focus on writing poetry as investigation and subversion while also exploring sound and the meaning of poetry.

Single room price: £770 
Shared room price: £720

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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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