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:: Courses and Retreats ::
Poetry Course at Le Moulin
– ‘Landscapes into Words’ is a five day course with tutor Katherine Gallagher for poets working their way towards a first collection.
£380 including accommodation and tuition.
Le Moulin, Villebaudon, Normandy, France.
The Novel Studio
is an intensive year-long novel writing course for 15 selected writers to work with professional authors and editors.
Closing date: 30 May
La Muse Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat.
Get inspired! Create in a peaceful, structured setting in the company of creative peers.
€395-€1195 for one/three weeks.
The Complete Creative Writing Course
offers professional, inspirational courses in creative writing at all levels. Courses start in October with a choice of Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from £295 per six-week course. For details and dates visit the website.
Courses are held at The Groucho Club, Soho, and other central London locations.
Horta Writing Centre
is a residential writers’ centre located in the spectacular Els Ports National Park in Catalonia, Spain. Offers an extraordinary programme of workshops and retreats for writers of all ages and abilities. Season 2013 now available for booking. Courses include: Fiction with Gillian Slovo; Novel in Progress with Trezza Azzopardi; Historical Fiction with Sarah Dunant; Poetry with Don Paterson; Non-Fiction with Rebecca Stott.
offers a weekend of writing in Eastbourne. Arty Breaks writing retreats are for experienced and novice writers alike and include peer and author led workshops. Take advantage of the ever changing scenery of the beach and seashore, or take a trip to the spectacular Beachy Head for inspiration. Currently taking bookings for dates from January to May 2013.
Abri Creative Writing retreats
at Gardoussel, south of France. Tutors for 2013 are Roselle Angwin, Lucy Wadham, Jo Bell, Martin Malone and Fiona Dunscombe. Full-board and residential in a magnificent mountain setting with river swimming, hiking and pool. Open retreats also possible with or without mentoring.
- +33 466 601678.
Poetry and Creative Writing
at Château Ventenac include: Mindful Writing: Finding Creative Space with Fiona Robyn & Kaspalita Thompson (28 Apr-4 May); Extending Your Boundaries with Pascale Petit (18-24 May); Writing Poetry with Jo Bell (28 Sep-4 Oct); Starting to Write with Tiffany Murray (6-12 Oct); Your Writing Journey with Crysse Morrison (19-25 Oct).
Chateau Ventenac on the Canal du Midi, South of France.
offers writing retreats and workshops in secluded location with its own quiet beach on the beautiful Methana peninsular. Optional yoga, great food; write to the sound of the sea.
One week from £395 full board
- Please call or visit website for more programme information.
- +44 7937 352800.
Residential Courses at Ty Newydd
include: Creative Writing and Dementia with Karen Hayes and John Killick (24-26 May); On the Edge: Landscape, Nature and Travel with Mark Charlton and Niall Griffiths (10-14 Jun); Sky in the Eye: Developing Creativity Using Women Surrealists’ Art as a Palette with Pascale Petit and Pamela Robertson-Pearce (15-20 Jul); Poetry Aloud! with Rhian Edwards and Luke Wright (22-27 Jul); Building Confidence: Poetry and Prose with Tom Bullough and Paul Henry (29 Jul-3 Aug).
Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre, Gwynedd, Wales.
- 01766 522 811.
offers writing workshops and day courses, along with one-to-one consultancy, mentoring, manuscript appraisal and editing services.
offers one-day writing retreats in the West Country. Creative minds are given the space to escape the daily pressures of life and up their word count in a relaxing environment.
Skyros Writers’ Lab
offers creative writing courses in Greece for writers, thinkers and dabblers including: The Art of Writing Fiction with Sam North (8-15 Jun, £595); True Stories with Helena Drysdale (15-28 Jun, £995); Starting Your Novel with Steve Attridge (29 Jun-6 Jul, £625); Aspects of Novel Writing with Mez Packer (6-19 Jul, £1,095); Crime Fiction with Sophie Hannah (20-27 Jul, £645); The First Novel with Shelley Weiner (27 Jul-9 Aug, £1,245).
Skyros island, Greece.
- 01983 865 566.
Get the Creative Habit!
Join the creative adventure in an inspirational location with daily morning workshops with writer and editor Karen McCarthy Wollf. Afternoons are spent writing and relaxing at the chateau or by the pool. Chateau L’Age Baston is a beautiful place without distractions, giving writers the time and space needed to get on. Seven nights, full board with private en suite room.
Allenheads Contemporary Arts
offers a quiet, beautiful retreat for writers to concentrate on work or host workshops and courses.
Allenheads, Hexham, Northumberland.
MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes
is a unique programme that offers the participants the opportunity to develop and enhance their ability to work in creative writing via personal creative and reflective writing, group work, research and inquiry projects. Taught over 10 weekends per year, the next intake is October 2013 in Bristol.
Postgraduate courses at Aberystwyth University
include: MA in Creative Writing, PhD in Creative Writing, MA in Literary Studies, MA in Literary Pathways. All degree schemes are available in full or part time mode and generous bursaries also on offer.
Barrington Green Writing Workshop
offers expert guidance on plot, setting, characterisation and dialogue from novelist Emily Barr and scriptwriter Craig Green. Includes one-to-one tutorials, writing exercises and guest speakers in supportive and inspiring surroundings.
Raw Materials: The Creative Process of Writing a Poem
is a weekend workshop for anyone interested in writing poetry with Ann Drysdale and Joy Howard in the heart of Brontë country.
Whitestone Arts Research Centre, Whitestone Farm, Stanbury, Keighley.
Creative Writing at Gladstone’s Library.
Write, think, learn, enjoy. New creative writing courses at Gladstone’s Library Hawarden, the UK’s only residential library. Immerse yourself in writing in this inspiring venue, browse the library’s book collection, explore Gladstone’s country park, or indulge in the library’s delicious cuisine. Offers four-day intensive courses: Writing From Nature with Chris Kinsey (6-9 Jun); Exploring Creative Writing with Lara Clough (11-14 Jul); Scriptwriting—An Introduction with Jane McNulty (18-21 Jul).
£90 (£10 early-bird discount before 25 March). Accommodation at the library – student rates from £33 per day B&B with evening meal.
Travel Writing Workshop
is a regular one-day event that offers expert guidance on writing and selling travel features from experienced travel writer and editor Peter Carty. Peter contributes to the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph and Conde Nast Traveller. The workshop fee includes ongoing individual support
after the day itself.
The workshop runs approximately monthly all year round.
Creative Writing Courses at Powell-Cotton Museum
are stand-alone workshops offering writers the opportunity to find writing inspiration from Mayor Percy Powell-Cotton’s galleries of anthropological history.
£55 (£50) per workshop.
Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington, Kent.
4 May, 6 June and 13 July.
Introduction to Therapeutic Writing
is a professional development course that demonstrates ways of using creative writing with clients or patients in a variety of health and social care settings. It also teaches how reflective, personal writing can improve your own professional practice in whatever field, and your general wellbeing.
£400 per person (excluding accommodation and travel).
Falmouth University, Tremough Campus, Penryn, Cornwall.
With Words Online Courses
run by internationally acclaimed Japanese-form poet Alan Summers include: Tanka Course (from 1 July, £55/£45); Haiku Course (from 1 August, £44/£45).
The Arvon Foundation
offers five-day residential creative writing courses for writers of all level, at writing houses set in inspiring countryside in West Yorkshire, Inverness-shire and North Devon. Courses include daily morning workshops, one-to-one tutorials with leading authors, and plenty of time and space to write. The 2013 programme features over 60 courses covering a range of genres including fiction, poetry, theatre, creative nonfiction, writing for children, writing for puppetry, science and writing, and many more. Grants are available to help with course fees.
Peaceful Hideaway Retreat
in the hills of mid-Wales perfect for writers. Comfortable and cosy with woodburning stove; enjoy silence and solitude, inspirational views, wild walking, and starry nights. Short or long stays welcome. Public transport possible.
- 01686 420 423.