Tutors 2021

Poetry- Poems and People Course

Poetry: Poems and People

From the character sketch to the monologue, from the real to the surreal, from poems about historical folk to poems in praise of pop culture figures. The narrative, the lyric, the serious, the comic, the sonnet, the epic – this course will explore a rich range of ways in which we can people our poems, or how we can make poems which are worthy of our people.
Jonathan Edwards – Tutor
Jacob Polley – Guest Reader
1st – 6th March 2021
Memoir:Life Writing- Telling Your Story Course Retreat

Memoir/Life Writing: Telling Your Story

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
15th – 20th March 2021
Poetry- A Body of Words Course Retreat

Poetry: A Body of Words

How can you make your poems live and breathe, both on and off the page? During the week we will explore a wide variety of styles, forms, writing processes and technique, focusing on writing new poems.
Helen Mort – Tutor
Alan Buckley – Guest Reader
12th – 17th April 2021
Poetry- Poems ‘after’ Poems

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
Mona Arshi – Guest Reader
26th April – 1st May 2021
Fiction Writing- Making Up Truths Course Retreat

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
Tania Hershman – Guest Reader
10th – 15th May 2021
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
7th – 12th June 2021
Tutored Retreat- Poetry - Closing in on the Book

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 Tookey – Guest Reader
21st – 26th June 2021
Tutored Retreat - Novel Writing Course Retreat 2021

Tutored Retreat: Novel Writing

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
19th – 24th July 2021
Poetry The Figure a Poem Makes

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
Fleur Adcock – Guest Reader
13th – 18th September 2021
Fiction Writing Course Retreat - The Garsdale Retreat

Fiction Writing 2021

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
A.L. Kennedy – Guest Reader
27th September – 2nd October 2021
Memoir:Life Writing - Have You Got a Story to Tell

Memoir/Life Writing: Have You Got a Story to Tell?

Whether you are a complete beginner or already have a body of work, this course will give you the tools and techniques to turn your life events into a narrative.
Cathy Rentzenbrink – Tutor
Alan Johnson – Guest Reader
18th – 23rd October 2021
Poetry - Permissions in Poetry - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Permissions in Poetry

What does the idea of permission mean to us as poets? Looking at using the example of our literary ancestors and living poets to give ourselves permission to write about subjects and experiment with different techniques, we will also use permission as a tool to build confidence in our own work.
Kim Moore – Tutor
Vicki Feaver – Guest Reader
15th – 20th November 2021