Political Non-Fiction

Turning Ideas Into Compelling Stories

Monday November 15th - Saturday November 20th 2021

The Hurst

There has been an explosion of non-fiction writing in recent years; particularly in work focussed on the politics of identity and human rights. If you’re writing (or want to write) in these areas then this course is perfect for you.

With writers Melanie McGrath and Melissa Benn you’ll look at the art and craft of nonfiction and consider what makes a text really sing. You’ll learn about the place of narrative, how best to utilise interviews and how to capture the all-important element of your own voice.

This course is suitable for you whether you have a completed draft of a book, or just an idea or two. If you’re passionate about turning your writing into unforgettable prose, this week will set you on your journey to creating a political page turner.

*We have worked hard to ensure our courses and 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 put in place, please click here

Single room price: £850

This course is available for concession pricing
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.

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.

“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

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