CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

New creative writing course at Sharpham House

PUBLISHED: 13:55 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:55 21 February 2014

Archant

The Sharpham Trust is developing a new residential creative writing programme of weekends hosted and led by award winning poet Alice Oswald, alongside other established guest writers. This is a unique and special opportunity to stay at Sharpham House and focus on your writing practice in a breathtaking, inspirational landscape.

Course overview:

This course, which is one of a series of four, will offer time to create new work in a spirit of exploration and interrogation. The theme for this series will be ‘Myth and the Natural World’.

Part of the weekend will be to focus not only on the process of writing, but also on its context.

Apart from the house itself, Sharpham has quarries, courtyards, cellars, arbours, formal gardens and even a volcano. These places will be used as inspiration to generate or enhance ideas.

The courses offer an opportunity to experience creative writing as co-enquiry and alongside fellow participants you will be encouraged to give and receive feedback about each others’ work, in a supportive atmosphere.

These residential courses are for anyone interested in developing their writing, from those just starting out, to more experienced writers.

Tutor - Alice Oswald:

Alice’s six poetry collections include Memorial, Dart, (winner of the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry), and Weeds and Wildflowers, which won the inaugural Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. In Sept 2013, she won the £25,000 Warwick Prize for Writing 2013 for Memorial (Faber and Faber), her “glitteringly original” poem, which is a reworking of Homer’s ‘Iliad’.

Guest writer: Jerome Fletcher

Jerome Fletcher is Associate Professor of Performance Writing at UC Falmouth and award leader for the MA Performance Writing. He is the former Director of Writing at Dartington College of Arts.

He has published novels, a book of poems, co-written a quartet of literary concept books and made a series of artist’s books. His work has been translated into ten languages.

Guest writer & playwright: Peter Oswald

Peter Oswald is a playwright, poet and performer. He was Writer-in-Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe from 1998 to 2005. His plays in prose and verse have been performed at the Globe, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway and all over the world.

Venue:

The residency will take place at Sharpham House and includes full board with delicious home cooked vegetarian food. Each weekend course begins with arrival Thursday evening and departure after lunch on Sunday.

Dates:

10 – 13 April 2014

12 – 15 June 2014

18 – 21 Sept 2014

Each course costs £395. The courses can be booked either individually or as a series.

We are now able to offer some limited non-residential places (which include lunches and all day refreshments) at £290 per person.

Limited bursaries are also available. To book, please contact the bookings secretary on bookings@sharphamtrust.org in advance or phone her on 01803 732542

0 comments

More from Out & About

Tue, 16:33

With breathtaking beaches, rolling countryside, stately homes and unique villages, it’s no wonder high-profile film productions flock to Devon - how well do you know the movies that have set up camp here however?

Read more
Tue, 15:17

Whether it’s on our beautiful beaches, in our magnificent moors or within our stunning stately homes, film productions are constantly setting up in Devon. Here are 16 that you might not know used the county as a filming location

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

From angry spirits to headless horses and ghoulish monks, Devon has more than a few supernatural stories to get your skin crawling. We have picked 11 haunted places in the county

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

October is the perfect time to discover the joys of Exmoor. Jennette Baxter of Visit Exmoor suggests five great ways to enjoy autumn on the moor

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wild camping can be one of the best ways to escape the crowds for a night or two and lose yourself in the landscape - SOPHIE PAVELLE chooses her five favourite places to ‘wild-life’ camp in Devon

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

From sandy beaches and lighthouse-topped cliffs to views of the Jurassic Coast, the Devon coastline offers many perfect locations for a seaside walk. We pick 10 of the prettiest routes to take

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Take our quiz to find out how well you really know Devon

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As the weather starts to warm up and the Devon countryside beckons, LIZZIE JANE of the National Trust in the South West offers plenty of walk ideas for you to try. Whether you want a relaxed Sunday stroll or a more strenuous hike, here are 10 walks across Devon (and beyond) to help you escape the crowds and head off the beaten track

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The South West Coast Path is celebrating 40 years by calling on people to help raise £40,000. To show their support, teams from Devon’s top tourist attractions are preparing to take to the trail. CHRISSY HARRIS finds out more

Read more
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Away from the hustle of places like Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, North Devon is peppered with tiny coves, empty beaches and wooded walks leading to secluded bays that feel a million miles away from the tourist trail. BECKY DICKINSON reveals her pick of the best kept secrets on the North Devon coast

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

As part of her regular series where she visits Devon’s best places for 24 hours, Lydia Tewkesbury has this time been to Sidmouth

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ranging from rocky and windy walkways along the South West Coast Path to the sandy beaches on the picturesque coastline, the district of North Devon is one of the prettiest coastal areas in the South West of England. In no particular order, here are 10 of the prettiest villages in the district of North Devon

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In Devon’s towns and cities there’s an awful lot you can do in just 24 hours. For her regular feature, Lydia Tewkesbury travels to see what you can do in a day in Kingsbridge

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Villages in Devon are some of the prettiest in the South West. From beautiful little hamlets on the outskirts of the moors to seaside communities, we pick 10 villages in Devon you need to visit

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search