WRITING RETREAT WITH WALKING

Creating maps, walking the land, tracing stories

Monday June 8th - Saturday June 13th 2020

Lumb Bank

‘It is not down on any map; true places never are’ (Melville). An experiential week including idiosyncratic map-making, literary walks and personal songlines. Each morning will be spent on guided walks exploring local landscapes of woods, moors and rivers, with a focus on mapping from different perspectives. The rest of the day will be for the creation, through your own eyes and with your own words, of the hidden places and secret worlds of landscapes outside us and within. We will also explore the politics of land and the vital importance of writing about – and for – the living world. Moral compass (and wellies) required. We welcome writers of all genres and levels of experience.

Single room price: £815

 

COURSE TUTORS

Lumb Bank house

Lumb Bank

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.

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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