one-day workshops

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I’m reducing the number of one-day workshops I’m leading in 2016/17 in order to focus my energies on longer retreats and my own writing. However, I’m always very happy to tailor-make a day course (or longer) in any of the many areas in which I have skills after 26 years of doing this; you need to raise the group, and I’ll come and facilitate. Please ask!

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an ‘Earth Stories’ outdoor writing workshop

DATE: Easter Monday, April 17th
TIME: 10am – 1pm
VENUE: Higher Beenleigh Barn, between Harberton & Diptford (directions given on booking)
FEE: suggested donation £15–£20
refreshments provided.

BOOKINGS (required in advance, with fee) direct to Roselle:

As part of the Transition Town Totnes’ ten-year celebrations ending on Earth Day, April 22nd, the ‘mind, body, spirit’-focused Inner Transitions are offering various events. This is an opportunity to explore ‘writing the earth’, engaging with environmental writing as awareness practice, moving between outer close attention and inner observation and imagination.


Spring, it is said, walks towards us at 2mph. Come and meet spring and the new growth of Eostre, time of the Mother Goddess with all the fertility and fecundity of this time of year, in this hidden part of the South Hams. Climb into the skin of hazel, gorse, celandine, apple tree, pebble, hare, magpie, wild garlic, new bluebell, returning swallow.
Give them a voice.
Come and look with wilder eyes, listen with the ears of a poet, loosen the grip of personness. Come and refind your deep connection with ‘our other relations’, and write.

This is about exploration, so you don’t need any expertise in story-writing or poetry – just a willingness to bring an open heart – and a notebook. (You also don’t need to be involved in the Transition Town network to sign up for this workshop.)
There may be an opportunity to share your work as part of the closing celebration in an evening of poetry song and story on April 21st, in Totnes.


Roselle is an author and poet who has been leading international workshops in creative, reflective, therapeutic and eco-writing, as well as in the psychology of myth and personal growth, for 26 years. Roselle’s passionate about the meeting points between inner and outer landscapes: relationship, connection, creativity, wild places, and how these things shape our stories and, ultimately, the way we live. For the last several years, her work has focused on what she calls ‘eco-soul work’: the life of the ecological and mythological imagination. You can see more here:


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Sunday 15th January 2017
Arcturus, Totnes, Devon*

10am – 5pm
Tea, coffee, herbal teas will be provided. You can bring packed lunch for yourself, or visit one of various local pubs and cafés

Thresholds is an annual day course in which we take time to reflect on our last year and on what we would like to invite in to the forthcoming year; to notice the gap between how we would like to live and how we actually live, and to consider how we might address this. Here’s the blurb:
Using writing as a tool, it’s a chance to look at where you are: your essential values, your visions, dreams and goals, your work/life balance, your loves, achievements and losses over the past year, your unique gifts and the strengths you can offer the world, your imaginal and soul life, and what you’d like to create for yourself in this new year – all in the safe support of a friendly group.

 I’ve been leading this course now for more years than I can remember, and recommend early booking – some people repeat it year after year!

*Arcturus (clinic and centre) is at 47 Fore St, Totnes TQ9 5NJ, a few minutes’ walk from Totnes station. It’s above Thrive café, and is accessed from the back, through a wooden gate.

 TO BOOK: email me: roselle[at]fire-in-the-head[dot]co[dot]uk
01548 821004 (answerphone)
I will pencil your name and give you the necessary info. As the groups are small, to guarantee you a place I then need the full fee of £65 immediately.
Please note that this fee is non-refundable unless of course I for any reason cancel the workshop.


PRESENCE: haibun, haiku, and the natural world

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In this workshop, in the spirit of Zen-influenced writing, we’ll bring a quality of attention to each passing moment and attempt to capture it in words, using two forms very much associated with Zen mindfulness practice.

The Zen approach to poetry engages a deep engagement with the natural world and a pleasure in capturing it through a pared-down sensory appreciation.

There’s no need to be familiar with these forms – come and experiment, indoors and out (weather permitting).


The Time of Late Harvest

Nr Totnes, Devon, dates 2017 tba
10am – 5pm

At this time of the earth’s abundance of fruits and colour, we can learn much from aligning our lives to be in harmony with the turning season.
What have you harvested in your life from this year? What has to be given away? As well as being a treat for the senses, this one-day largely-outdoor retreat is nourishment for our inner lives, stocking up ready for the dreaming of autumn.
Come and be present with yourself, each other, and the stories of the animals, birds, plants and trees of this little lush corner of Devon as we deepen and write towards the slowing of the year.

Please bring veggie lunch to share. I’ll make a seasonal dish from the land.
Tea & coffee etc will be provided.





Devon, 2017 dates tba
10am – 5pm
NON-RESIDENTIAL (many B&Bs available in Totnes, 5 miles away)
6 places only
£150 for the two days

Would you like to make a leap forward in your fiction writing?
Are you partway through writing a novel? About to begin? Finished first draft? Stuck?
If you’d like a top-up of inspiration, technique and general expertise from this very experienced writer and tutor in a small group with time for individual feedback, this weekend might be for you.

The Saturday workshop will focus on theme, central questions, the arc of the plot, a one-sentence synopsis and the opening pages.
On Sunday, we will explore the demands of character and dialogue.

The course is based on my book above, which itself grew from a series of workshops for novelists I’ve been leading since the 1990s (featured in The Guardian in 1998). This now generally takes the shape of an online course, for which the feedback is excellent. Many of my students are now published.

You will need to attend both days. On Saturday, please bring a contribution to a vegetarian lunch. On Sunday, bread, soup and salad are included in the fee.
Tea, coffee etc will be available throughout.

To book: please email me through this website, or see addresses below.


Please note that these workshops usually incorporate many ways of writing: reflective, therapeutic, writing for inner-world exploration and mindfulness, and eco-awareness, as well as for creative expression.
This is not the case, clearly, for workshops such as the Novelists’ Bootcamp

if you contact me at
roselle[at]fire-in-the-head[dot]co[dot]uk or roselle[dot]l[dot]angwin[at]gmail[dot]com
I will give you the necessary info. As the groups are small, to guarantee you a place I then need the full fee immediately.
Please note that this is non-refundable if you cancel within a month of the workshop; if you cancel more than a month before I will refund half of your fee. If for any reason I cancel the workshop then of course your full fee is refunded.