This course offers you the chance to develop your art within a friendly, supportive environment and welcomes both new and experienced poets.
Inspired partly by the inner landscape of memory and by the atmospheric Dales surrounding the retreat, course participants will learn from a broad range of poetic voices and styles. As we write, we’ll consider the craft and mystery of poetry: formal and free verse; what the air forgives and the page does not; how a single image or refrain-line can sustain a poem; the intuitive melding of form and subject … And as the week generates the beginnings of much new work, tutorials will offer specific advice on style and technical approaches to your creative process.
Most of all, ‘Writing Poetry’ will offer precious time and space to enjoy refining your work in a relaxed atmosphere and in the company of fellow poets. Bring along your favourite poems to share during the week.
|Tutor: Paul Henry – Poet/Songwriter
Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting and is the author of eleven books. A popular Creative Writing tutor, his latest collection is ‘The Glass Aisle’.
Described by U.A. Fanthorpe as “a poet’s poet” who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination”, he has read and performed his work at festivals in Europe , the USA and Asia. His songs, co-written with Stornoway frontman Brian Briggs, have been played on Radios 2, 4 and 6. Paul has also presented programmes for BBC Radio Wales, Radio 3 and Radio 4. www.paulhenrypoet.co.uk @theglassaisle
“One of the most important Welsh poets now writing.” Carol Ann Duffy
“His poetry deepens our perception of the world.” – Hugo Williams
Photo: Zed Nelson
|Guest, Wednesday evening: Vidyan Ravinthiran – Poet/Writer
Vidyan’s first book of poems, Grun-tu-molani (Bloodaxe, 2014), was shortlisted for a number of First Collection prizes, including the Forward, and poems towards his next, The Million-Petalled Flower of Being Here, won a Northern Writers Award in 2017. Elizabeth Bishop’s Prosaic (Bucknell UP, 2015), his study of that wonderfully gifted US poet, won both the University English First Book Prize and the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism. He has also written a range of literary journalism, most recently for Poetry (verse) and The Telegraph (fiction); he is the winner of Poetry’s Editors’ Prize for Reviewing.
|PRICES||Fee includes all day and evening tutored workshop sessions, readings, accommodation and full board (not including alcohol).
Single – En-suite room £790
|TO BOOK||£150 deposit payable on booking by PayPal, bank transfer or cheque, to secure place, balance due six weeks before start of course.
Please see Terms and Conditions.
|WHAT TO BRING||
|START TIME||Please arrive between 3:00pm and 5:00pm on Monday 25th March 2019.
Tea and Cake 4.30pm
Introductory Workshop 5.45 – 6.45pm
|END TIME||After breakfast, 10:00am on Saturday 30th March 2019.|
|LOCATION||The Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW
Nearest railway station: Garsdale, on the Leeds – Carlisle line.
For directions, see Find Us section on the Contact page.
The Garsdale Retreat provides an inspiring place to develop as a writer. Our courses offer opportunities for new, emerging and experienced writers. The tutors, all professional writers, lead workshops and also give one-to-one tutorials to help the individual student. In the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales, The Garsdale Retreat gives a wonderful opportunity to escape from the daily stresses of life and to draw inspiration from fellow students, tutors and the landscape itself.
All courses start on Monday afternoon, arrival time 3.00 – 5.00pm. On this first day, tea and cake are at 4.30pm followed by an introductory/ice-breaking workshop 5.45 – 6.45pm. Dinner is at 7.00pm. All courses end after breakfast on Saturday (10.00am).
Although there will be slight variations, according to the type of course (see below), students can generally expect the following outline:
8.00 – 9.00am: Breakfast
9.30 – 11.00am: First workshop – Students explore particular aspects of the chosen genre and take part in writing exercises to further their understanding and expertise. All students have opportunities to share their work with the tutor and fellow writers in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment in which individual work is respected and confidence developed.
11.00 – 11.30am: Coffee break
11.30am – 1.00pm: Second workshop
After lunch, participants are free to do whatever they like, such as: relax, go for walks, enjoy The Dales, draw, paint, read or work on individual writing projects.
4.30pm: Tea and cake
5.00 – 6.00pm: Third workshop
All students have one individual tutorial of 30 minutes with the tutor in the course of the week which usually takes place at a mutually agreed time, usually in the afternoon.
Each evening, at about 8.30pm, there is an after-dinner event. The precise nature of this varies according to the type of course but participants can typically expect a tutor reading on Tuesday followed by a reading from a guest writer on the Wednesday evening. There is an informal activity on Thursday such as a student ‘open-mic’ night or word/literary game. On Friday, there is a reading of work produced during the week.
Poetry Course Anthology
An integral part of poetry courses is the production of an anthology of writing produced in the week. It is, of course, accepted that the writing is essentially work-in-progress. However, the aim of the anthology is to reflect a flavour of the work accomplished on the course and to provide participants with an attractive record of their time at Garsdale. The Retreat stores copies of anthologies in the library, providing pleasure and inspiration for future students.
These follow the same basic structure as above except there is only one workshop in the morning and, depending on the size of the group, participants will have between two and four tutorials per week.
The only formal structure of the week is determined by meal-times (see above), allowing participants to concentrate totally on their own writing. After dinner, participants in conjunction with the course director sometimes organise evening read-rounds of their work /open mics/music /word games. However, participation in such events is entirely voluntary and people are free to continue with their writing in the evenings if they prefer.