course calendar

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LATE WINTER 2018/2019
I usually have one or two places for mentoring, or distance learning courses.


STORYMAKING: Novelists’ Bootcamp
Monday 5th (eve) – Saturday 10th November
Boswedden House, Cornwall
Intensive novel-writing short course with personal feedback: beginnings & endings, core theme, plot progression, narrative arc, creating scenes, character & dialogue, synopsis & elevator pitch. Small group only.

Sacred Waters collaboration, Sunday 11th November, on or near Dartmoor with my ‘Wellkeepers’ approach and Sam Wernham of River Dart Wild Church’s ‘sacred waters living springs’. Half-day outdoor event. More soon.


Tongues in Trees, January New Moon (The Wild Ways)

Thresholds for Imbolc, relevant to late January/early February

SPRING: Hebrides
Islands of the Heart, Iona (19th year!) LATE MARCH/APRIL
1 ‘Core’ group (‘old hands’ only; dates Saturday 30th March – Saturday 6th April) filling fast
2 ‘More’ group (newcomers welcomed); Tuesday, 9th April – Tuesday 16th 1 place available
3  ‘Plus’ group, September: see below

SUMMER: Cornwall
The Land’s Wild Magic, Cornwall,
writing & walking among Cornwall’s ancient sites (dates tba, JUNE)

AUTUMN: Hebrides
Islands of the Heart, Iona

3 NEW ‘Plus’ group Iona ISLANDS OF THE HEART retreat (returners & newcomers):
Saturday September 21st  – Saturday September 28th bookings being taken now (May 2018)

AUTUMN: France
Two weeklong POETRY RETREATS, Cévennes, France
: OCTOBER 12th–19th, 19th–26th (limited numbers; expressions of interest invited; discount if attending both weeks). The courses are:

1, ‘GOING TO THE WELL: the vital art of poetry’ 12th–19th October 2019

2, ‘DRAWING FROM THE WELL: shaping a poetry collection’ 19th–26th October 2019 


See also Bear in mind that all courses are holistic in nature, and there is a great deal of overlap between the content of this site and The Wild Ways.

Apart from the Novelists’ Bootcamp, which is specifically and entirely focused on writing, as is the Drawing from the Well poetry editing week in France, the courses all include other aspects of being: our inner/soul life and our relationship to the outer world, especially the rest of nature, are inherent parts.

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