Tutors 2022

Memoir:Life Writing- Writing from Life

Memoir/Life Writing: Writing from Life – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list!

All lives are extraordinary if looked at in close enough detail. Come and join us to learn more about using your lived experience in your writing.
Catherine Simpson – Tutor
Chitra Ramaswamy – Guest Reader
21st – 26th March 2022
Poetry- ‘Everything You can Imagine is Real’

Poetry: ‘Everything You can Imagine is Real’ – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

Everything You Can Imagine is Real’: Poetry, the Real and the Surreal. Whether you’re keen to unleash the imagination more fully in your poems, or to give your visions a greater grounding in reality, this course will provide a range of strategies to allow your poems to sing with the weirdness of the everyday and the normality of the fantastic.
Jonathan Edwards – Tutor
William Letford – Guest Reader
25th – 30th April 2022
Poetry - Poems of the Ordinary-Everyday

Poetry: Poems of the Ordinary-Everyday ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT!

In this course we will read and write poems that make the ordinary extraordinary through the medium of poetry. Open to all, the course will offer both writing activities and feedback on poems-in-development.
Helen Mort – Tutor
Fleur Adcock – Guest Reader
23rd – 28th May 2022

Memoir/Life Writing: That Book in You – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

Everyone has a book in them'. Do we? Perhaps it's true when we write from our own experience. Whether it's a single episode from your life to craft into an essay, or a whole family history that's itching at your writing hand, this course will help you find the extraordinary in the authentic and write it to read like fiction.
Linda Cracknell – Tutor
Sally Magnusson – Guest Reader
6th – 11th June 2022
Poetry- Writing Poetry

Poetry: Writing Poetry – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

We’ll consider the craft and mystery of poetry, along with the creative choices we make. This course welcomes both new and experienced poets who are keen to develop their work within a friendly, supportive environment.
Paul Henry – Tutor
Rebecca Watts – Guest Reader
4th – 9th July 2022
Tutored Retreat- Novel Writing

Tutored Retreat: Novel Writing – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

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 daily one-to-one tutorials as well as clear writing time will help you move your novel forward.
Zoë Strachan – Tutor
Louise Welsh – Guest Reader
18th – 23rd July 2022
Tutored Poetry Retreat- The Next Leap Forward

Tutored Poetry Retreat: The Next Leap Forward – ONE PLACE LEFT!

This tutored retreat is designed for a limited number of writers to work intensively with a focus on individual sessions to help them develop a body of work. This tutored retreat includes one group workshop and one 30 minute individual tutorial each day.
Mimi Khalvati – Tutor
Ilse Pedler – Guest Reader
12th – 17th September 2022

Memoir/Life Writing: Telling Your Story – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

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
Alan Johnson – Guest Reader
10th – 15th October 2022
Poetry- Apocalypse! - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Apocalypse!

How might poets respond to the violence, crises and dislocations of the contemporary world?  Do Apocalyptic times demand a new, Apocalyptic poetics?  On this course participants will encounter a range of approaches, techniques and methods that might help them explore the turbulence of the times without resorting to the ranter’s soapbox or succumbing to lyric despair.
Steve Ely – Tutor
Helen Tookey – Guest Reader
31st October – 5th November 2022
Fiction Writing Tutored Course 2022 - The Garsdale Retreat

Fiction Writing – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

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
Tania Hershman – Guest Reader
14th – 19th November 2022
Poetry - Breaking the Line - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Breaking the Line

How do we decide on the shape of a poem?  Where’s the best place to break the line, and what impact does the white space around a poem have on the reader? This course offers the opportunity to explore form, white space and the line break as a kind of playfulness and the door to a different kind of writing freedom.
Kim Moore – Tutor
John Glenday – Guest Reader
28th November – 3rd December 2022