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Welcome to Roselle Angwin’s website
poetry, novels, creative non-fiction books
holistic creative writing courses & retreats

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The spirit of Fire in the Head
words, images, land & the creative process
sister site to: www.thewildways.co.uk


Please refresh these pages when you visit, as I’m constantly updating and adding to them. If you would like to be informed of new events, please use the Contact form to send your email address.

August 2017: I’m delighted to announce that I shall be writer-in-residence for the National Trust and Literature Works at Agatha Christie’s former home on the Dart, this autumn. I’m leading a full programme of workshops, outdoors and in-: novel, place, poetry, writing walks etc. Greenway.

I’m a writer: of poetry, novels, creative non-fiction books, essays and environmental/eco-writing (with an emphasis on place, story, myth and our relationship with other species).

I’m also a course facilitator. For 26 years now I’ve been leading this international holistic course programme, and I’ve been privileged to work with many hundreds – probably thousands – of fine people in this work that I find so continuously creative and inspiring. I believe my approach is unique, and the workshops are about so much more than ‘just’ writing. (You can see what participants have said here – almost all of this feedback is unsolicited. ‘Transformative’ is a common adjective.)

As a writing tutor, although I’m primarily known for inspiring creative and imaginal expression, I no longer choose to differentiate between creative, reflective and therapeutic writing, except in specific courses (eg novelists’ intensives). I believe that creative writing and personal process can enhance each other. (As an environmentalist, I also feel that writing can help us connect deeply with other humans, as well as with the other-than-human world.)

However, I also have a keen editorial eye, and bring this to my work with course participants. I want your work to be the best it can be, and part of my overall approach teaches you to better appraise your own work.

I’m proud to say that many of my students have been published after working with me.

Since 1991, in addition to my own programme, I’ve been leading creative, therapeutic and reflective writing, poetry, novel and story, personal mythology, ecopsychology and psychospiritual as well as environmental writing courses and retreats for many other organisations here and abroad, from Oxford and Bern universities to Arvon, Sherborne Boys’ School, the Open College of the Arts, the Poetry School and the Poetry Society and other groups of all ages. I’m currently a tutor and mentor for MsLexia magazine (and a frequent contributor).

I’ve offered outdoor workshops and/or been poet-in-residence for the National Trust, Dartmoor National Park, Natural England, Hestercombe Gardens, Transition Town Totnes and the Cotswold Water Park, as well as for many schools. You can see an abbreviated list here.

I’m very happy to tailor-make a course for you if you can host one: one-day, weekend, week-long or regular meetings are all possible. If you have an idea, do contact me.

My courses
In these pages, alongside details of my books, you’ll find a variety of courses, retreats and mentoring options in creative, reflective, therapeutic and eco-writing for 2016. These include my annual weeklong writing retreats:

  • the two spring ISLAND ones, on magical Iona in the Hebrides (‘Islands of the Heart’);
  • an early summer COASTAL one, ‘The Land’s Wild Magic’ in West Cornwall;
  • two late summer MOUNTAIN ones in the wild French Cévennes (‘Writing the Bright Moment’ and ‘Seize the Week’ work-in-progress);
  • and an autumn FOREST ‘Tongues in Trees’ in Brittany.

Then there are a few one-day or weekend courses in different aspects of writing.

If you’d prefer distance learning, there are my popular and long-running online advanced ‘Elements of Poetry’, or ‘Storymaking’ (novel-writing rooted in myth and archetype) intensive courses. (Many of my students are now published.) I shall be adding an ‘Introduction to Poetry’ course, and there are other exciting projects in the making.

For an overview, click on the Calendar.

For a complementary programme of courses, usually or mainly outdoors, focused on ecowriting, ecosoul, myth, enchantment and bardic arts, see my sister site THE WILD WAYS. There is inevitably much overlap between the two programmes: my courses all include writing, to greater or lesser extents, and all my work is rooted in my passion for and awareness of place, soul and the earth.

My poetry, novels & other books
You can scroll through the list of my books here. The re-issue (with a lovely new cover) of my first poetry collection, Looking For Icarus, came out in July 2015.

A Trick of the Light – poems from Iona is due out from Pindrop Press in early 2018.

And you can now listen to my long Dartmoor poem River Suite here (approx. 12 minutes. Switch off the lights, close your eyes, and let the moor take you.).

The more than ‘just writing’ aspects: see here.

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‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.’ ~ John Keats