Young Writers Residential at the Wordsworth Trust

On the 11th – 14th of April the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere is running the Dorothy Wordsworth Festival which is a series of workshops and events celebrating women’s poetry. This year they are offering three young Cumbrians aged 14-18 the opportunity to join them for a residential over the weekend to attend sessions and produce […]

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Maryport LitFest: November 8th-10th

The sixth Maryport LitFest ‘ Neptune and his Realm’ is happening on 8th- 10th November at Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport. Melvyn Bragg is kicking the weekend off on the Friday night, followed by a host of other authors and poets, plus two writing workshops. You can see the full programme here: Maryport LitFest 2013 programme […]

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The Poetry School Online

Poetry School fish

Getting to tutored poetry workshops led by published practitioners in Cumbria can be tricky – lack of opportunity, distance, mountains, snow, floods, apathy, hangovers etc. But there’s no excuse, bar poverty, for not attending an online course, and The Poetry School has nine new ones starting up in May. Places fill up very quickly, so book now to ensure yours. Read more >>

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A hedge school for fiction

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If you know anyone who studies the art of short fiction more assiduously than Brindley Hallam Dennis, let us know. Can’t think of anyone? Thought not. So who better, then, to take instruction from in the business of short story writing, out there in bucolic Curthwaite, in yer man’s actual front room? Nobody better, is who.

BHD’s lined up a fresh Facets of Fiction course – starting 11 April – and a series of special writing days in the distant summer. Wannabe fictionistas should definitely read more >>

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Fancy an MA with the Poetry School?

The Poetry School is planning to offer a poetry MA and they’re consulting potential students to make sure that the course is exactly tailored to their needs. Complete their brief questionnaire you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a £70 Poetry School voucher – enough to cover a workshop or a short course.

And speaking of courses – the Poetry School’s autumn term begins soon, but there’s still time to book places on a number of courses, including the online programme. Read more>>

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Summer writing in Mungrisedale

Or should that be summer write-off? Mungrisedale Writers’ open programme of summer workshops – all on the theme of journeys – led by professional writers in a warm, dry village hall, will be going ahead whatever the weather.

Book now if you want to secure a place. Read more>>

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Facets of Fiction – The Curthwaite Writing School

Writer and experienced tutor Mike Smith – aka Brindley Hallam Dennis – is running another one of his popular fiction courses at his home near Wigton.

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Marketing Workshop – Introduction to Social Media

On average, in one year, we’ll share 415 pieces of content on Facebook and spend an average of about 23 minutes a day on Twitter, tweeting a total of around 15,795 tweets.

Writers, publishers, and event promoters can’t afford to ignore social media as a form of communicating with readers, customers and audiences. Read more>>

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Booking opens for Arvon 2012

The Arvon Foundation, internationally renowned for its residential creative writing courses, has launched its 2012 programme of courses at beautiful rural writing centres in Devon, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Inverness-shire.

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All about marketing

If you’re a writer or an event organiser and you want to brush up your marketing skills, our friends at Eden Arts have negotiated a discount for All About Audiences’ Introduction to Marketing workshop at Theatre by the Lake on Thursday 1 March.

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Young Writers Group at Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake’s young writers group will start again in September, led by Louie Ingham, an Associate Artist at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, where she also works extensively with their Creative Learning programmes.

Louie describes what participants can expect from the sessions: “It will be a 12 week practical programme of exploring and writing scripts for theatre. The young writers will work not only as writers, but also as actors and directors …”
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Facets of Fiction – more storycraft in Curthwaite

Brindley Hallam Dennis (aka Mike Smith) has been in touch to tell us that he’s running another series of his very popular fiction workshops, at home at Todd Close in Curthwaite. For the uninitiated, that’s Curthet, near Thursby, not that far from Wigton.

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Poetry courses at Stones Barn

At Stones Barn, singer Maddy Prior has developed a centre of creative expression and excellence in the rugged, unspoilt and little known countryside of the Bewcastle area, north of Brampton.

Stones Barn offers weekend courses with expert tuition, excellent company and good home-cooked food, and two poetry courses are on the menu of the 2011 programme. Read more …

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