STARTING TO WRITE YOUNG ADULT AND CHILDREN’S FICTION

Playful and brave writing

Monday April 27th - Saturday May 2nd 2020

The Hurst

Perhaps you’re starting a story for the first time, returning to writing, or changing your focus. Whatever brings you to this course, we’ll ask you to be bold, be adventurous and, above all, to write from your heart. We’ll cover the essentials of picture books, chapter books and writing for teens or young adults. Together, we’ll discuss the books that mattered to us as children, our favourite contemporary classics and – with luck – get you writing the fiction of the future. With an approach that is collaborative and supportive, we will invite you to learn, as children do, through ‘serious play’ and experimentation.

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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