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

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For 25 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. I’m proud to say that many of my students have been published after working with 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 (tba).

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

I also lead courses that combine writing with an exploration of our Celtic mystery, bardic and druidic tradition (for instance the Tongues in Trees course, and others with a soulwork, animal, plant/tree or place focus). (I’m working on a distance-learning option here too.) The Wellkeepers is a year-long closed-group course that combines storymaking, wisdom and archetypal teachings from Grail mythology, exploration of our relational world, and the book of your life.

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. From winter 2016 I shall be adding an ‘Introduction to Poetry’ course.

For an overview, click on the Calendar.

All the courses I offer have a holistic focus, but if you would like something that is more overtly ecological, psychospiritual & mythic, therapeutic or land-based, head on over to my other website, The Wild Ways, where you will find a complementary range of what I call eco-soul courses, many of which take place in beautiful wildish places and often primarily outdoors.

There is inevitably much overlap between the two programmes: all my courses 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. In 2015, I began to include outdoor work combining writing with spending time around horses.

My Poetry (& 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.

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.).

Since 1991 I’ve been leading creative, therapeutic and reflective writing, poetry, novel and story, personal mythology, ecopsychology and psychospiritual courses and retreats for many other organisations and groups, of all ages, in addition to my own programme. 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.


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* ‘fire in the head’ is a phrase that, in the Celtic shamanic/magical tradition, means, broadly, ‘inspiration’. ‘I went out to the hazel wood Because a fire was in my head…’ (W. B Yeats, ‘The Song of the Wandering Aengus’

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