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Creative Writing Weekend: Nature, ecology and place Fri 31 May - Sun 02 Jun

  • Sustainability

A spring writing retreat - all levels welcome.

At a glance

·       Guided writing exercises, nature connection, reading from other writers and time to develop new writing.

·       Gentle encouragement, guided exercises and feedback

What you will gain

·       Focussed creative time away from everyday responsibilities to develop new writing

·       Increased confidence in their writing and creativity, and the inspiration to find new approaches to writing about place

We will connect with the magnificent surroundings of Hawkwood, a sustainably managed estate at the heart of the Five Valleys in the Cotswolds, with woodland, gardens and farmland. 

To develop our response to place, we will read writers from around the world who are inspired by ecology and place and will explore what it is to write from a deep ecological approach.  This will include attuning our observations of the microcosmic, such as the flora and fauna characterising Hawkwood, and the macrocosmic – the elemental and social forces that have shaped (and may in time shape) this place. 

What might we learn about our creativity as we sit attuning our senses in ancient woodland?  How might it feel to write with an awareness of the Earth as our wider body?  What new voices might we find longing to be communicated?

This course is tailored for all levels of creative writing skill and experience, poetry or prose.

Residential Single £285
Residential Shared £254
Non-Residential £205

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches, and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

What to bring 

Please bring writing materials, including a pocket notebook for use outdoors, waterproof clothing, walking boots and a water bottle.

Helen Moore is an award-winning ecopoet and socially engaged artist based near Findhorn, Scotland. Her debut collection, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), was described as being “in the great tradition of visionary politics in British poetry.” Her second, ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), which responds to what scientists term the ‘Anthropocene Era’, has been acclaimed by the Australian poet, John Kinsella, as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”.  A collaborative bilingual Italian-English work, INTATTO/INTACT, was published by La Vita Felice in 2017, and Helen’s third collection, The Mother Country, exploring British colonial history and disinheritance, will be published in Spring 2019.  Helen regularly reads her work at literary and environmental events and facilitates ecopoetry workshops in schools and universities.  As a socially engaged artist, she leads creative writing programmes to support health and wellbeing in the community, often outdoors, and has collaborated on a range of ecologically oriented community projects with artists from various disciplines. www.helenmoorepoet.com

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