Tutors 2020

The Poetry of Celebration

Poetry’s role as a celebrant, marking life’s cornerstone moments and memorialising the noteworthy is traditionally renowned and established. But throughout this week, we’ll both share, read and write poems that also look at unlikely and untraditional subjects for celebration.
Jane Commane – Tutor
Elephant’s Footprint – Guests
18th – 23rd November 2019

Poetry: With Form Comes Freedom

Using guided exercises, the course explores a range of form and subject matter to help you shape and write poems with confidence, thereby taking your writing to the next level. For the less experienced writer, those put off poetry at school or even those who just want to have a go.
Hamish Wilson – Tutor
Helen Tookey – Guest Reader
16th – 21st March 2020

Poetry: Poems ‘after’ Poems

This course aims to help you develop your poetry by exploring how new poems can emerge from existing ones. Poems ‘after’ Poems welcomes both new and experienced poets to develop their craft within a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Paul Henry – Tutor
Sarah Hymas – Guest Reader
30th March – 4th April 2020

Poetry: Poems of the Ordinary-Everyday

Read and write poems that make the ordinary extraordinary. Open to all, this course will look at strategies for celebrating and commemorating our everyday experiences through the medium of poetry.
Hannah Lowe – Tutor
Fleur Adcock – Guest Reader
27th April – 2nd May 2020

Memoir/Life Writing: Telling Your Story 2020

A course for new and more experienced writers on the art of memoir/life-writing/the writing of recollection at short or book length. Participants will learn techniques to access and shape their own stories.
Catherine Simpson – Tutor
John Hegley – Guest Reader
11th – 16th May 2020

Tutored Retreat: Novel Writing 2020

For writers with ideas and some experience, looking for some dedicated time to progress a longer prose project in a supportive and friendly environment. Workshops and one-to-one tutorials as well as clear writing time will help you move your novel forward.
Zoë Strachan – Tutor
Louise Welsh – Guest Reader
1st – 6th June 2020
Poetry- Releasing the Spring - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Animal Anima Animate

Breathe life in to your poems, drawing on your own anima, the inner creative drive from which poetry arises and polish your vocal skills in the presentation and mic use workshop.
Simon Williams – Tutor, Susan Taylor – Tutor
15th – 20th June 2020

Tutored Retreat: Poetry – Closing in on the Book

This Tutored Poetry Retreat is designed for a limited number of writers to work intensively with a focus on individual sessions. Open to all serious about taking their poetry to the next level.
Steve Ely – Tutor
Helen Mort – Guest Reader
22nd – 27th June 2020

Fiction Writing: Making Up Truths

Whether you are just setting out or want to revitalise an existing project, this course will help you find inspiration and develop skills in fiction writing, whether short or long form.
Linda Cracknell – Tutor
John Rice – Guest Reader
27th July – 1st August 2020

Poetry: The Figure a Poem Makes

Robert Frost said: “It begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” In this course we will delight in the variousness of the figures that poems make by exploring a wide variety of styles, forms, writing processes and techniques.
Mimi Khalvati – Tutor
John Alexander Scott – Guest Reader
7th – 12th September 2020

Fiction Writing 2020

This course is suitable for writers arriving with a blank page as well as those bringing a project they have already started work on. Whether you are interested in writing a novel or a short story, this course is for you.
Hannah Vincent – Tutor
Carol Farrelly – Guest Reader
21st – 26th September 2020

Poetry: Veiling the Narrative

A look at different ways of telling a story in our poetry, exploring the use of images to create a narrative and how we can construct a narrative arc in poetry.
Kim Moore – Tutor
Kerry Darbishire – Guest Reader
5th – 10th October 2020