Welcome to Roselle Angwin’s website
poetry, novels, creative non-fiction books
holistic creative writing courses & retreats
The spirit of Fire in the Head
words, images, land & the creative process
sister site to: www.thewildways.co.uk
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‘Like the philosopher Simone Weil, another great teacher, Angwin is dedicated to encouraging the arts of reading, looking, listening, and of reflection, of really paying attention – arts which can be developed – as input to the writing. And, like her book [Writing the Bright Moment], she is truly an inspiration.‘ Katherine Gallagher
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). My new poetry collection A Trick of the Light: poems from Iona is out now, January 2018, from Pindrop Press; available to order or ask in your local bookshop.
I’m also a course facilitator. For 27 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.) The Guardian gave my first novel-writing course a full-page write-up in 1998.
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 the other-than-human world, as well as with our own species.)
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 an occasional 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 (most recently in autumn, 2017; you can hear a brief podcast about this here), Dartmoor National Park, Natural England, Hestercombe Gardens, Transition Town Totnes and the Cotswold Water Park, as well as for many schools. There’s 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.
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 and/or what I call ecosoul writing for 2018. 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;
- a late summer MOUNTAIN one in the wild and beautiful French Cévennes mountains (‘Writing the Bright Moment’);
- and an autumn COASTAL one again, ‘The Wellkeepers’ (myth, the natural world and the ecological imagination)
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.
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.
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY MY BLOG.
© The material on this website, the sister website Fire in the Head, my blog and the titles of my courses are my own work, developed over decades. None of the people who have worked with me or alongside me, or anyone else visiting these sites, is or has been authorised to use either the content or titles of such work.
‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.’ ~ John Keats