“One of the best ways of learning to write is by doing exercises . . . Discovering the meaning and communicating the meaning are for the writer one single act. One does not simply describe a barn, then. One describes a barn as seen by someone in some particular mood, because only in that way can the barn – or the writer’s experience of barns combined with whatever lies deepest in his feelings – be tricked into mumbling its secrets.” John Gardner
This May weekend not a workshop. No manuscript is submitted and no criticism will be offered. This course is designed for anyone who would like to write under direction and with concentration for a weekend. Participants need only pen & paper.
We will meet at 7:30 on Friday evening for a drink, introductions and our first writing exercise. On Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, Claire will guide you through a series of different and seemingly unrelated writing exercises. These are designed to take the writer into the unconscious. If the writer is conscious of the method and reasoning behind the exercises, they won’t work – so no explanation of what you are being asked to write will be provided. If, at any point, participants feel they have “caught” something and would like to break away from the group to work on the piece, they are free to do so.
On Sunday morning, our meeting room will be turned into a quiet working space. Claire will be available for one-on-one meetings downstairs until lunch time. After lunch, it is hoped that writers will read from something they have written during the weekend – but this is not required! The weekend will conclude at approximately 5pm on Sunday.
If you are interested in booking a place, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with May Writing Weekend marked in the subject field.