Wild Words Workshop
Jun
3
3:30 pm15:30

Wild Words Workshop

I’m not promising you’ll master Occitan lyric poetry from the high middle ages, but, in the spirit of the troubadours, we’ll explore how to bring words alive on the page and in oral storytelling.

Subjects include: movement, rhythm and rhyme in poetry and prose. How music and poetry, as well as spoken and written words, inform each other. Our themes will be chivalry and courtly love - what else!

The workshop is suitable for anyone who loves words in any form. No experience necessary. You don't need to book- just turn up. English and French speakers welcome. The workshop will take place in English, with simultaneous translation into French.

More information

Jun
9
6:30 pm18:30

The New Nature Writing: A workshop

Barnwell Country Park. As part of the Oundle Festival of Literature.

Nature writing is now one of the fastest growing genres; the new generation of nature writers are selling like hot cakes. Come and find out about the market, and how to write for it.

It’s no longer the idealised rural life and landscapes of the pastoral poetry tradition. It’s raw, edgy, groundbreaking, thought-provoking, politically challenging, and society changing. It takes in poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction. It fuses nature writing, travel writing, philosophy and psychology. Its writers heal and find meaning through contact with nature, and so do its readers.

Us nature-writers are no longer regarded as something akin to train spotters. We’re cooler than Madonna! Join us. 

Tickets available from  http://www.oundlelitfest.org.uk/

Write A Short Story
Aug
7
Aug 11

Write A Short Story

Uppingham School. Part of Uppingham Summer School. 

The writing process can sometimes feel overwhelming. In this course, through the writing of a short story or narrative poem, you’ll learn a system for chunking down any project into bite-size, do-able pieces.


You’ll choose your idea and start writing. You’ll be supported to negotiate moments of stuckness and block, to complete the first draft. Moving into the second draft we will consciously apply specific tools to bring passion and power into your story. These will include: emotion, sensory impressions, narrative structure, and dialogue. You’ll come away with a beautiful product, of publishable quality. You’ll feel satisfied and invigorated by the process.


This course is suitable for fledgling and experienced writers, and writers of all types of fiction and non-fiction. Please arrive at the first session with three ideas, each of 25 words or less, that could form the basis for a short story or narrative poem of up to 2000 words.

Further details and booking. 

My Voice Will Go With You
Aug
13
11:15 am11:15

My Voice Will Go With You

At Swanwick Writers' Summer School, Derbyshire, UK.

11.15am-12.15pm, and 2.15pm-3.15pm

Finding your voice is the gold at the end of the rainbow for emerging writers. It’s about much more than style and technique; it’s a journey that moves us from trying (consciously or unconsciously) to emulate others, to learning how to sound like our self.  

Find our voice, and we open up a direct channel between the expression of the writer, and the effect on the reader. Voice not only underlies all creative work, but also informs our approach to publishers, agents, and marketing via social media.

During this course we’ll look at questions such as: What does it mean to write ‘authentically’?  How can we sound like ourselves? (And for that matter who are we in the first place?) Be prepared to get philosophical and psychological!

Tickets available from Swanwick Writers' Summer School

Autumn Writing Retreat In France
Oct
2
Oct 7

Autumn Writing Retreat In France

Le Presbytere, Bugarach, Aude, France. 


a week-long writing escape in the wild Pyrenean mountains of the South of France with a group of like-minded people and on-hand tutor support.

These relaxed immersive retreats are forays deep into nature and your imagination, set against a background of good food, sunny days, blazing camp fires under starlight nights and comfortable accommodation. Experience the thrill of a shared exploration of some truly wild places.

Further information available here. 


Spring Writing Retreat In France
Apr
24
Apr 29

Spring Writing Retreat In France

Join Bridget for a week-long writing escape in the wild Pyrenean mountains of the South of France with a group of like-minded people and on-hand tutor support. These relaxed immersive retreats are forays deep into nature and your imagination, set against a background of good food, sunny days, blazing camp fires under starlight nights and comfortable accommodation. Experience the thrill of a shared exploration of some truly wild places.

The residential writing weeks are facilitated by Bridget and expert guest teachers.

Suitable for fledgling and experienced writers – learn skills and techniques to support all types of fiction, non-fiction and storytelling.

Further information available here. 

 

Re-Wild Your Words
Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

Re-Wild Your Words

At The London School of Economics and Political Science.


A toolkit of small, playful experiments, to revolutionise how you tell stories in all genres. We will take body awareness, movement and spoken word into writing, with a focus on the ground-breaking world of ‘new’ nature writing, one of the fastest growing and best-selling genres.

With her focus on learning from nature, and the embodied, holistic experience of the storyteller, university tutor and psychotherapist Bridget Holding is revitalising traditional creative writing teaching.

All levels of writing experience, and confidence, welcome!

For further information and tickets see The London School of Economics website.

Bridget Holding (@BridgetHolding) is a former screenwriter, whose articles have appeared in Writing Magazine and The Psychotherapist, among other publications. She is also a UKCP registered psychotherapist. She’s a former associate lecturer for The Open University, and has been a tutor of creative writing for The University of Exeter since 2008. Bridget is the founder of Wild Words. Her online and real-world courses explore the relationship between ourselves, our world and our words.
 

Oct
3
Oct 8

Autumn Writing Retreat In France

A week-long writing escape in the wild Pyrenean mountains of the South of France.

These relaxed immersive retreats are forays deep into nature and your imagination, set against a background of good food, sunny days, blazing camp fires under starlight nights and comfortable accommodation. Experience the thrill of a shared exploration of some truly wild places.

The residential writing weeks are facilitated by Bridget and expert guest teachers.

Suitable for fledgling and experienced writers – learn skills and techniques to support all types of fiction, non-fiction and storytelling.

All the details are here. 

Aug
15
Aug 19

Write A Short Story: Uppingham Summer School

The writing process can sometimes feel overwhelming. In this course, through the writing of a short story or narrative poem, you’ll learn a system for chunking down any project into bite-size, do-able pieces.


You’ll choose your idea and start writing. You’ll be supported to negotiate moments of stuckness and block, to complete the first draft. Moving into the second draft we will consciously apply specific tools to bring passion and power into your story. These will include: emotion, sensory impressions, narrative structure, and dialogue. You’ll come away with a beautiful product, of publishable quality. You’ll feel satisfied and invigorated by the process.


This course is suitable for fledgling and experienced writers, and writers of all types of fiction and non-fiction. Please arrive at the first session with three ideas, each of 25 words or less, that could form the basis for a short story or narrative poem of up to 2000 words.


Tickets available from: www.uppinghamsummerschool.co.uk
 

May
17
Jun 21

The Weekly Writing Group France

The Weekly Writing Group

Writing A Story From Beginning To End
Begins 17th May 2016

2.30-4.30pm Tuesday afternoons

Green Horizons, Puivert, Aude, France.
90 Euros for 6 sessions


In the six sessions you will be guided through the first and second draft writing process, to come away with a completed short story, or narrative poem (fiction or non-fiction) of publishable quality.

Places must be booked in advance.
Contact Bridget on (+33) 06 95 69 58 45

bridgetholding@wildwords.org



May
2
Jun 20

Out On The Trail Level 2 Online Course

Trust your natural storyteller

These 7 units will take you step by step through the first-draft writing process. You’ll choose a project, learn to trust your natural storyteller and connect to the passion that will allow your story to flow.

May
2
Jun 20

Tracking Skills Level 3 Online Course

Become an Instinctual Writer

These 7 units will take you step by step through the second-draft writing process, using the Wild Words method to consciously hone skills, until they can be practiced without effort, instinctually. 

Mar
19
10:00 am10:00

Instinctual Creativity

A day workshop that explores the questions What does it mean to be creative? How can we move from block to flow in our personal and creative lives? How can getting to know the instinctual part of ourselves help to free our creativity? 

The workshop takes place in the beautiful natural landscape of Green Horizons/Horizon Verts, in Puivert, Aude. 

Cost: 60 Euros. (Please contact me to request a concessionary price.)

Places must be booked in advance. Concessionary places are available. Please contact me

Weather permitting, we will roam outdoors. Please dress appropriately. 

To book a place contact: hello@wildwords.org, or call +33 695695845

 

Feb
1
Mar 20

Out On The Trail Level 2 Online Course

Trust your natural storyteller

 

These 7 units will take you step by step through the first-draft writing process. You’ll choose a project, learn to trust your natural storyteller and connect to the passion that will allow your story to flow.

Feb
1
Mar 20

Tracking Skills Level 3 Online Course

Become an Instinctual Writer

 

These 7 units will take you step by step through the second-draft writing process, using the Wild Words method to consciously hone skills, until they can be practiced without effort, instinctually. 

Oct
27
Dec 1

Writing a Short Story from Beginning to End

  • Horizon Vert Puivert France

You will be invited to start with a fiction or non-fiction short story, or narrative poem idea. In the six sessions you will be guided through the first and second draft writing process, to come away with a completed short story, of publishable quality. 

Oct
17
10:00 am10:00

Exploring Creativity Workshop

  • Puivert France

A playful exploration of what it means to be ‘creative’ and how we might move from block to flow in our personal and professional lives. For writers, artists and anyone who would like to free up their creativity.