Writing the Wild Spring
Facilitator: Helen Moore
Writing in Wild Spring. Over Spring Equinox, we’ll open to wildness and new growth within and without, as we explore the beautiful land of Hawkwood and enjoy creative writing. In developing our response to place and other-than-human realms, we’ll read other writers and explore the concept of co-creation with Nature.
What might we learn as we sit quietly in ancient woodland? What may bud and leaf burst reveal? How might we sense and express our awareness? Which voices long to be communicated? And how can we grow our writing practice?
* Please note that due to the government’s latest advice this course will no longer be on-site, but will move online. Please register your interest, and we will let you know about the new online offering.
Event time: Fri 19th Mar 2021 at 4:00pm - Sun 21st Mar 2021 at 4:00pm
At a glance
- Nature connection exercises outdoors
- Guided writing exercises
- Read from other writers also inspired by nature
- Free time to develop new writing, whether poetry or prose
Participants will gain
- Nourishing time away from everyday responsibilities
- Writing in wild spring
- Build confidence in your ability to explore and observe the natural world
- Learn how to embody a deep ecological sensibility and to 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
Hawkwood is a large, sustainably managed 42-acre estate at the heart of Stroud’s Five Valleys. Adjoining the Cotswold Hills with beautiful views, extensive gardens, and a natural spring. Moreover, it also has a labyrinth, woodland, pasture and walled garden. This provides a lot of opportunities to experience nature with the changes of early Spring.
Develop your response to place and read from writers from around the world with similar inspiration. Explore what it is to co-create with others, including the wild beings we might encounter on our guided forays outdoors. With skilled guidance from Helen, attune our observations of the microcosmic and the macrocosmic. This includes local flora and fauna, as well as the elemental forces that have shaped this place. This means that all these experiences will provide material to develop our own unique wild voice in writing, whether in poetry or prose.
Date & Time
19th – 21st March 2021. Arrival at 16:00 and final day finish at 16:00 GMT.
This course is tailored for all levels of creative writing skill and experience, poetry or prose. Please bring writing materials, including a pocket notebook for use outdoors, and everything you might need to be comfortable writing outdoors, such as waterproof clothing, walking boots, sun protection, a water bottle, daypack and your own sit mat/portable chair.
Arrival from 4.00pm Friday with afternoon tea. Course begins with supper at 6.30pm and ends with afternoon tea on Sunday at 4.00pm
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.Visit Tutor's Website
“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. ” -