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For John Keats, the best writers were ‘capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason’. It was a quality he dubbed ‘negative capability’: an...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Some of the bravest, boldest and most challenging fiction today is being published for young adults. This week the focus will be on challenging yourself, taking risks, being playful and pushing the...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

Beginner

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Full time
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This is a week in which we will explore the many ways poetry can bring ideas, stories and emotions to fruition. Come prepared to write, to be open to techniques and approaches old and new, to be ready to...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Full time
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Writing a novel sometimes feels like being lost in a maze. When you get stuck or lose faith in your material, a fresh perspective can be invaluable. With a combination of workshops and tutorials, we have...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

From£760
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An opportunity to work on your script under the supervision of an award-winning screenwriter/director and producer/script editor. Rather than workshops, you will have a tutorial each day to focus on your...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Full time
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No distractions but the occasional owl and the crackle of the wood stove. Retreat to Lumb Bank, Ted Hughes’s former home, surrounded by steep woodland and rivers, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills,...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Have lashings of time to write – we are on tap to provide guidance, discussion, or just a friendly ear to listen. This is a week just for you – a time to focus on your work and develop it in a supportive...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Full time
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This is a week of editing fiction for novelists or short-story writers who want to make the world of their manuscript all it can be: from the macro-architecture of the book to the fine-grained detail of...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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This week will give you the tools to write engaging narrative non-fiction, turning history, memoir, biography or investigative reporting into a crafted story with structure. This is a form of writing that...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

From£760

Full time
From£760

Screenwriting is distilled storytelling. Our aim is to help you ask the right questions of your story in the right order, so as to raise the stakes and discover true depth of character. We focus on the...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

From£760

Full time
From£760

This is a practical course for enthusiastic songwriters committed to producing high-quality musical material and memorable lyrics. Writing one song a day at least, you will work on your own and with other...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

From£760

Full time
From£760

Explore the core elements of screenwriting for television through the unique lens of the writer–script executive relationship. Through a series of practical, hands-on sessions you will get to grips with...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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A practical opportunity to think outside the box when creating theatre for young audiences in the 0–18 age range. We will help you explore a range of styles, approaches and inspirations used to craft work...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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How do you determine which of your many memories can be shaped into a story? What techniques can you use to recall and weave family stories into a narrative, or, looking further back, choose the most...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Departures, arrivals, journeys . . . how do we go about telling personal and family tales? What stories emerge from migration and the contrasts between different worlds? How do we go about writing these...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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This week is aimed at writers and theatre-makers who want to make work outside the traditional frames of reference of a ‘well-made play’. We will work on crafting theatrical experiences and developing live...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Singing in a group has been proven over and over to provide numerous health benefits, both mental and physical. Here is a chance to clear away the cobwebs and set yourself up for a day’s writing by...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Full time
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We’ve all been there. You want to write but that blank page just sits there looking . . . well. Blank. Come and join us for an inspiring week where we’ll show you how to start, develop and shape your play,...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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Full time
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For those who want to experiment with how the story can be told through song and drama. We will cover setting the scene, assailing the heart, making the point and moving the plot along. Each evening there...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

From£760

Full time
From£760

How do we shape poems? How does a set of notes, observations or impressions become a poem? This week will look both to generate such notes and to realise their poetic potential. We will also look at the...more

Duration: 5 DAYS

No Qualification

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