STARTING TO WRITE

First words

Monday June 1st - Saturday June 6th 2020

The Hurst

If you want to write creatively, but aren’t sure where to start, this course will give you the tools and confidence to get you past that challenging blank page. We’ll begin at the source – inspiration – and travel through the alchemical life of an idea to the moment it reaches its readers. We’ll ask what makes a poem a poem and a story a story, exploring voice, structure, plot and poetic form in an accessible and intuitive way. Together we’ll talk you through the theory and show you, using inspiring and provocative examples, how good writing works. We’ll offer structured prompts and tailored feedback to help you realise the poetry and stories you’ve been dreaming of writing.

Single room price: £850

 

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.

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