Autumn Writing Retreat In France
Oct
4
to Oct 9

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. 

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Wild Words Day workshop
Nov
18
10:00am10:00am

Wild Words Day workshop

In this creative writing workshop, Bridget introduces techniques to strengthen writing in all genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word). Skills taught will include:
– Using sensory impressions
– Harnessing emotion
– Moving from creative block to creative flow


Bridget will devote time to the ground-breaking work, and flourishing market, of the ‘new nature writers’ whose mission is to rebuild community and reconnect us with the natural world.


All levels of experience welcome.

Booking through Lavenham Literary Festival. 

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Mar
26
to Mar 31

Spring 2018 Writing Retreat in France

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Join Bridget for a week-long writing and storytelling 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. Every level of experience. All writing genres, including spoken word.

http://www.wildwords.org/retreats/

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Oct
1
to Oct 6

Autumn 2018 Writing Retreat in France

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Join Bridget for a week-long writing and storytelling 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. Every level of experience. All writing genres, including spoken word.

http://www.wildwords.org/retreats/

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

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

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Write A Short Story
Aug
7
to 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. 

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Jun
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

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/

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Wild Words Workshop
Jun
3
3:30pm 3:30pm

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

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Spring Writing Retreat In France
Apr
24
to 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. 

 

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

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.
 

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Oct
3
to 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. 

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Aug
15
to 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
 

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May
17
to 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



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May
14
12:30pm12:30pm

Workshop and Writers' Lunch Swindon Festival of Literature

 

This workshop will focus on ways to bring aliveness into writing and how to experience a deeper connection with the natural world, through words. Using the natural environment of Lower Shaw Farm as inspiration, we’ll explore key skills to help make words jump off the page.

Tickets available from:  www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

 

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Mar
19
10:00am10:00am

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

 

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