Time to Write retreat

Time To Write

Venue: Othona West Dorset, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4RN 


Most people who write – for a living or for self-expression and pleasure – say that the difficult part is getting down to it. Either they can’t find the time or they need somewhere congenial to go. Local cafes used to be good, but some have closed lately. And then there’s the constant distraction of digital civilization . . . 

It’s good to be by the sea out of season. It’s even better to be somewhere quiet in the company of others who share your needs and interests. What if that somewhere is also rather special, and the company reassuring, and the opportunities for getting down to it can be for hours at a time? And there’s some guidance and feedback available if you want them, and good food provided and peace on tap? Then it can seem possible to write about almost anything with much more ease than elsewhere. That’s this long weekend at Othona.

Graham Fawcett is a regular and popular event leader at Othona. He will offer some signposts and give a few examples to help the process forward two or three times a day. One-to-one feedback will also be yours to ask for. Group feedback (optional) can provide constructive support too. And Othona is an ideal place in which to write a lot, a little, or nothing at all, because the place is so conducive to being in the right frame of mind for putting pen to paper.

All you need bring with you is a genuine desire to write poetry or prose or both, something to write with, and something to write on. 

Graham has worked with groups of poets and writers for the last twenty five years. There’s more about him at https://grahamfawcett.co.uk/about/ .

Graham is giving a lecture on Samuel Taylor Coleridge at Sladers Yard Art Gallery on the coast just down the road at West Bay on the first night of the course (Friday 9th September at 730pm, after an early supper at Othona). We will arrange a ticket for you.  Coleridge was a magician of the word, an irresistible poet of nature and imagination, and a wildly inventive writer. His friendship with Wordsworth revolutionised English poetry. To meet the Ancient Mariner, old man and poem, at school is never to forget either.  We can be rooted to the spot by him at any age. With any luck. 

"What an inspirational, enjoyable retreat with Graham's vast range of topics and allusions to poetry, music, art and general living issues."
Feedback after last year's Time to Write.
"How grateful I am for your unfailing gift of wise counsel – whether it’s about a philosophy or the placing of a comma, you’ve been on to it. And never daunting, always friendly. I’ve had a unique Autumn and Winter of one-to-one poetry-writing tutorial"
Patrick Coldstream, Hertfordshire
working with Graham on a collection
"I do wish you all the best with this course. I know that those who come will be in for a treat. You know how much I appreciate your skills and encouraging presence on the many courses I have participated in".
Sue Aldred, London
"The group was both supportive and incisive - a rare combination - and you led with a very light hand and great erudition.
Poetry seminar member, London
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Top picture: Othona West Dorset – house, garden, woodland, coast

Lower picture: Othona West Dorset – the gate at the bottom of the woodland path, and the sea beyond

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