Sunday, 15 June 2014


‘STIMULATE YOUR WRITING’ - June 20th-22nd 2014, Residential Poetry Course with Geraldine Green and George Wallace, Brantwood Coniston Cumbria, UK

The beautiful grounds and gardens of Brantwood with Coniston Water, the Old Man and Dow Crag across the lake, the light and airy classroom next to Ruskin’s Studio all provide a relaxing and inspirational setting in which to write and reflect.

Through a variety of writing exercises and stimuli this poetry course allows time and space for the imagination to explore, invent and roam. As well as producing new work we will also spend time on feedback and editing.

20th June - 22nd June 2014
Geraldine Green and George Wallace

Stimulate your writing through writing exercises based on re-discovering and using your imaginative skills. Imagination-based poetry moves away from the traditional approach to writing poetry and, through dreams, the unconscious and surrealism allows the writer to create space for the imagination to explore, invent and roam. The course consists of a series of writing prompts and a variety of stimuli to encourage you to play with language, produce new writing and share it in a safe environment. As well as producing new work we will also spend time on feedback and editing and host a poetry reading for course participants and tutors on Saturday evening.

Please note: some sessions take place outdoors in the beautiful gardens and grounds of John Ruskin’s home, Brantwood, so please bring waterproof clothing and suitable footwear. The course begins at 2pm on Friday June 20th and finishes at 2pm on Sunday June 22nd


FRIDAY 20th June- 1pm at The Lodge: Welcome to Brantwood!

1pm – Geraldine, George and Rachel to meet participants at The Lodge for refreshments. Anyone arriving before 1pm is welcome to look round Brantwood, its house and gardens. Maps of the grounds are available please ask at Reception.

1.45pm – Meet in The Schoolroom, Brantwood, situated next to The Studio (signposted) for Welcome and Introduction to the Course. George and Geraldine to explain the timetable for the weekend.

Fire exits shown by green arrows. Toilets can be found next to the Schoolroom and also by the Linton Room, situated between the Lodge and Main House.

2-3.15pm – Introduction and Welcome - Importance of Play in Poetry sharing of poems, group discussion

3.15 – 3.30pm: Break for coffee/tea

3.30-5pm – Writing exercises

5-7pm – Free time to enjoy the grounds and/or rest

7pm - Gather at The Lodge

7.30pm – Dinner in Jumping Jenny’s Restaurant situated close to the Lodge

SATURDAY 21st June – Meet in The Schoolroom

9.30-11am – workshop exercises using a variety of stimuli to produce new writing

11-11.15am – Break

11.15am – 12.30pm – close reading of a poem, handouts provided

12.30-1.30pm – LUNCH at JUMPING JENNY’S Restaurant

1.30-3.15pm - Outdoor writing session/reflective walk.

3.15-3.30pm – Break, tea/coffee in The Schoolroom

3.30-5pm - Time to write up a poem produced from the writing exercises

5-6.30pm – Free time

6.30-7.15pm – Evening Reading by Geraldine, George and the Group at The Lodge

7.30pm – Buffet meal in The Lodge

SUNDAY 22nd June

10-11.30am – Writing exercises, plus one to one tutorials

11.30-11.45am – Break

11.45-1pm - Participants to share their poem written during the outdoor writing session. 

1pm – light lunch at JJ’s and Depart

Please note: the Group is welcome to look round the House and Grounds over the weekend. Thank you and welcome!

£225 per person, lunch, evening meal and refreshments are provided.
Pre-booking is essential. Residential or non-residential options available.

Accommodation costs: £50 single occupancy room, £35 shared. The Lodge sleeps nine people in two twin-bedded rooms, two double-bedded rooms and one single. Accommodation is also available at a variety of Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and the YHA in Coniston Village.

Tel: 015394 41396 Email:
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