Courses

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

Untutored April Retreat 2020

Shake off those winter blues and escape into the peace and beauty of The Yorkshire Dales! Leave all distractions behind so you can start, develop or finish that project and be nurtured with excellent food for both body and soul.
20th – 25th April 2020
Poetry- Poems of the Ordinary-Everyday

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.
Clare Pollard – 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

Untutored May Retreat 2020

'Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu…..' Let your writing blossom as summer arrives with its seasonal influx of house martins, curlews, lapwings and oyster catchers. Enjoy the space to write, free from domestic distractions and fuelled by outstanding food.
18th – 23rd 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

Untutored July Retreat 2020

Summertime when the writin' is easy…..’  Be nurtured. Enjoy outstanding food, inspiring landscape and freedom from the daily grind. Spread your writing wings!
13th – 18th July 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