12th – 14th March 2021
*** This course is now fully booked. If you’d like to be put on the waiting list for when we run it again later in 2021, please drop us a line. ***
This weekend has inspired me to be a better and more relevant writer … Paul’s passion for wildness and stories has encouraged me to approach the craft with a true sense of freshness – dew in my toes and mulch in my fingers! A terrific experience.
Dan James, Rewild Your Words 2018
What does writing look like when it is exposed to the wildness outside our bubble of convenience? What do the beaches and the hedgerows and the winds have to teach us about what we could do with our stories and our style? How could your writing benefit from letting some more ragged, messy, natural energy come in and toy with it?
This course will help you find out.
For some years now, we have been running this course – our most popular by some way – which is aimed at breaking down the barrier between the human world and the rest of nature – a barrier that only exists in our minds. Since the advent of covid, we have, along with the rest of the world, taken our course online. This is the second opportunity to join us in this format, following successful experiment in 2020.
This is a weekend-long course for writers of any kind, with any level of experience, who want to re-inject some of the spirit of nature into their work. In a time in which our lives are increasingly tamed, monitored, controlled and urbanised, our words and our stories are in danger of going the same way. Our writing may be in danger of becoming too safe – and perhaps too human.
I found the course incredibly helpful, much more so than I expected, and many things have crystallized for me over the past two days …
Satya Moses, Rewild Your Words 2018
Some writing courses focus on making your writing as professional, accessible and saleable as possible. They will teach you about presentation, about genre and about how to give ‘the market’ what it wants. Maybe they’ll even offer you tips on how to write letters to agents and publishers.
This weekend offers none of this. Instead, we will help you to uncivilise your writing. We will send you outside, to walk through whatever the landscape throws at you, in search of stories. We will teach you to write from the point of view of an oak or a seagull; to build stories around images; to incorporate mythological thinking into your writing; pay close, silent attention to the small things around you; write with all your senses fully engaged; to rediscover old ways of seeing; and generally to loosen up your over-civilised style.
With the help of writers from Robert Graves to Black Elk, D. H. Lawrence to Annie Dillard, Mary Oliver to Li Po, this weekend will give you permission to write what you need to write, not what you think you ought to. And we will focus, together, on the role which the non-human world – the world of nature – plays in informing your writing; whether you know it or not.
This course is open to writers in all genres and styles – novelists, poets, non-fiction writers and others – and to any level of experience, or none. All are welcome.
Paul Kingsnorth is an award-winning novelist, poet and essayist. He has published seven books, taking in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, with a wide array of publishers. He has won, or been nominated for, ten different prizes for his fiction, poetry and essays, ranging from the Man Booker Prize to the Wenlock Prize for Poetry. He has taught on writing courses, mentored writers and lectured on writing for – amongst others – the Arvon Foundation, the Faber Academy, the Professional Writing Academy, Schumacher College, the Westcountry School of Myth and Story, and Falmouth University, and has run writing and story courses in places as varied as the wilds of Dartmoor and the heart of New York City. From 2009 until 2017 he was co-founder and co-director of the Dark Mountain Project, a global network of writers and artists in search of new stories for an age of collapse. He is founder and director of the Wyrd School.
Details and booking
The course runs from the evening of Friday 12th March until after lunch on Sunday 14th. It consists of four online sessions, followed by a series of exercises to do in your own local landscape during the weekend. There is one session on Friday evening, two on Saturday, and a final session on Sunday morning.
The cost of the course is €220.
We are also able to offer two bursary places of €100 to those of limited means.
The course is limited to a maximum of ten people.
To book a place, or if you have any questions about the course, please send us an email. If you would like to apply for one of our bursaries, please drop us a line explaining why you think it would be applicable to you.
To secure a place, we ask for payment upfront, via Paypal or bank transfer. If you cancel up to ten days before the course, we will refund you. If you cancel less than ten days before the course, we will be unable to refund you.