writing from life & nature
DATES: Monday 3rd September 2018 (from 4pm) to Friday 7th September (after breakfast)
VENUE: Boswedden House, Cape Cornwall, Cornwall
COST: £475 (earlybird £440 before July 15th)*
One of the most beautiful of the places I work is Cape Cornwall, near my native St Just. My popular walking and writing retreat The Land’s Wild Magic has been happening there each June for a number of years, and in September (2018) I’m offering this additional short course in autobiography/memoir and nature-writing.
(You don’t need previous experience in writing; just a willingness to attempt to capture your experiences.)
This week is a chance to record some of the stories that make up each of our lives. We live in story as much as story lives in us. Our experiences have much to do with our sense of meaning – as does the act of writing, telling, reading or hearing story.
One important element of this course is a focus on writing from our past experiences with and in the rest of the natural world. In this beautiful setting, we’ll also have some ‘field trips’ to prompt some current writing.
The ‘new’ nature writing is one where the writer is very much present, and the popularity of books such as Robert MacFarlane’s The Old Ways and The Wild Places, Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk and Miriam Darlington’s Otter Country (to give three of many examples) shows a hunger for these kinds of stories.
I will give you gentle prompts and ways into writing from your own life experience, especially although not exclusively in relation to animals, birds, plants and places. We’ll also: have a look at how other writers do it; hold some discussions around the subject; and make time to share some of what you write.
Expect a friendly and safe group, a deepening of your sense of connectedness and a great deal of sometimes surprising writing, some of it outdoors. My groups seem to involve a lot of laughter, and occasionally a few tears.
Food is plentiful and vegetarian, and NB rooms are shared to keep the cost down.
*What the fee includes:
all my tutoring;
a bed in an en suite shared twin room (bring a friend?);
plentiful veggie breakfasts;
a packed lunch;
the first evening’s supper;
teas and coffees; occasional home-made cake.
It doesn’t include 3 evening meals eaten locally.