Writing the Wild Season

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21-444 - Writing the Wild Season - Helen Moore
Fri 29Oct
to
Sun 31Oct

Writing to connect with Autumn's myths and mystery

Facilitator: Helen Moore

During this weekend, we will connect to the qualities of Autumn and develop our writing skills.

In response to the sense of place and Hawkwood’s wild edges,  we’ll delve into indigenous mysteries and myths. As we attune our powers of observation, what might we learn as explore unspoilt woodland? What may the fruiting bodies of fungus reveal? And which voices long to be communicated? How would it be to sit in darkness around an outdoor fire, as our ancestors might have done? How might we express our awareness in new forms of writing?

Event time: Fri 29th Oct 2021 at 4:00pm - Sun 31st Oct 2021 at 4:00pm

At a glance

  • Guided writing and Nature connection exercises outdoors
  • Inspiration from other writers
  • Free time to develop new writing styles, including poetry or prose
  • An opportunity to share your work and receive constructive feedback from an award-winning eco-poet/writer

What you will gain

  • Embrace some nourishing time away from everyday responsibilities to develop/refresh your writing skills
  • Build confidence in your ability to explore, observe and respond to  the natural world
  • Develop a deep ecological sensibility and find the language and imagery to express it
  • Take away a creative writing practice that will continue to open you to dialogue and encounters with Nature

Guided Writing – Writing The Wild Season

Hawkwood dwells on a large, sustainably managed 42-acre estate at the heart of Stroud’s Five Valleys, adjoining the Cotswold Hills. Beautiful views, extensive gardens, a natural spring, labyrinth, woodland, pasture and walled garden provide ample opportunities to experience the natural world as autumn nudges into winter.

In developing our response to place, we will read writers from around the world and from different eras who are similarly inspired. We will explore what it is to co-create with others. This could  include the wild beings we might encounter on our guided explorations outdoors, as well as our ancestors stretching back in  time. With skilled guidance from Helen, we will attune our observations of the microcosmic, such as the organisms that compost and decay through winter’s nourishing darkness, and of the macrocosmic –  the elemental forces that have shaped this place. All these experiences will provide material for each of us to develop our own unique wild voice in writing, whether in poetry or prose. Together we will also prune and craft our words to help them sing from the page.

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

Prices

Residential Single: £335

Non-residential: £235

Shared: £295 each – if you would like to book to share with a friend, please contact info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

Price Options

£335 Residential Single
£235 Non-residential

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Practical Information

For your writing adventures outdoors, please bring all that you might need to be comfortable, such as waterproof clothing, walking boots, warm layers, hat, a water bottle, daypack and your own sit mat/portable chair.
Registration Friday 4.00 pm with tea. Course starts with supper at 6.30pm; course ends with afternoon tea on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Please note that all prices are per person.

Helen Moore

Helen Moore is an ecopoet, socially engaged artist and Nature educator based in Somerset. She’s published three ecopoetry collections, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), and The Mother Country (Awen Publications, 2019). Having led outdoor and creative writing groups for over a decade, Helen now mentors students internationally through her unique programme, Wild Ways to Writing. In 2020 her work was nominated for the Forward and Pushcart Prizes and received grants from the Royal Literary Fund and Arts Council England. She’s currently collaborating with Cape Farewell to develop an artistic response to river pollution in South Dorset.
Listen to Helen Moore's poetry here https://soundcloud.com/user-561958272/sets/findhorn-bay-waves-of-flow

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Testimonials

“Thank you so much for a truly wonderful workshop... folks were left inspired, enthused and wanting Moore! ….the most worthwhile and creatively engaging event since we re-launched.” -

“Helen gently leads, inspires and provides space for all. I left feeling nourished, positive and optimistic to face the future, not just as a writer, but as a person.” -

“Helen was a wonderful facilitator. She was calm, attentive and listened to everyone and considered the needs and individual requirements of all participants. ” -