Walking & Writing About Place

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Sat 24Oct

Facilitator: Gail Simmons

Do you have a passion for places and words? Using a combination of classroom discussion, fieldwork and practical exercises, this one-day workshop will introduce you to the skills and concepts needed to turn your enthusiasm into writing that brings places to life. The course will include a walk to the nearby village of Slad, setting for Laurie Lee’s classic memoir, Cider with Rosie.

Event time: Sat 24th Oct 2020 at 9:30am - Sat 24th Oct 2020 at 5:00pm

At a glance

  • Learn how our some of our finest authors have written about place
  • Walk to Laurie Lee’s Slad and practice your note-taking techniques
  • Tried-and-trusted methods for workshopping our writing – constructive criticism and praise

What participants will gain

  • An understanding of how accomplished writers deal with writing about place, and how you can put these skills into practice yourself.
  • A practical approach to making notes about your experiences, which can then be turned into more formal written pieces.
  • Experience of workshopping your writing, including both giving and taking feedback, and how you might go about getting your work published.

Do you have a passion for places and words? Using a combination of classroom discussion, fieldwork and practical exercises, this one-day workshop will introduce you to the skills and concepts needed to turn your enthusiasm into writing that brings places to life. The course will include a walk to the nearby village of Slad, setting for Laurie Lee’s classic memoir, Cider with Rosie.

We start the day with a look at how accomplished writers conjure up a sense of place in their most celebrated works. We then practice some of these skills ourselves on a walk to Slad (2.5 hours) before returning to Hawkwood on foot for lunch. In the afternoon there will be time for you to write about place, followed by constructive workshopping of your pieces.

The day finishes with a discussion on how you might approach getting your work published.

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£90 Day Rate

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Practical Information

Please bring writing materials (paper and pen/digital voice recorder for fieldwork, plus your preferred means for writing longer pieces e.g. laptop, tablet) and comfortable clothes for autumn country walking, including suitable footwear, water, waterproofs etc.

Price includes materials, delicious two-course lunch and refreshments.

Registration from 9.00am-9:30am.

Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons has written about travel, landscape and place for many UK newspapers including The Guardian, Telegraph and Wanderlust, and has broadcast on BBC’s Excess Baggage, From Our Own Correspondent and Woman’s Hour.

After completing a master’s degree in medieval history she pursued a varied career that included working in a Cumbrian castle, protecting historic buildings and leading walking trips in Europe and the Middle East, before becoming a full-time travel writer and journalist.

Her first book The Country of Larks: A Chiltern Journey was published in 2019. Gail co-teaches an MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University.

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Testimonials

“Gail was great – she gave a low-key, friendly feel to the class, broke the ice quickly, encourages discussion and teamwork, explained the weekly assignments clearly (which were in themselves fun and very good practice), gave useful feedback and most importantly made the subject practical and relevant.”

“Thought-provoking, fascinating and challenging. Excellent foundation for further writing in both this and other genres. “

“A very good grasp of web possibilities and a huge range of information, especially practical.”

“Really enjoyable course – good mixture of hands-on writing, group discussion, exercises and tips.”

“Brilliant teaching and course. Would recommend it anytime – learnt loads from a real professional.”

“Well-planned course with knowledgeable tutor. Very enjoyable and interesting.”