Weekend Writing Course in Brecon Beacons

Find your creativity at Tall John’s House

Nothing comes of nothing …

It all begins with an idea, somewhere at the centre of which is a glimmer of something that makes us sit up and pay attention. Perhaps it’s just a thought, a doodle, the makings of an anecdote. Perhaps it’s the beginning of a great work. But how do we know? How can we unpack that first fumbling, that sudden glare, that lightning bolt? And how do we find it in the first place? In short, how do ideas happen? And when they do happen, how can we make the most of them?

This weekend is all about The Idea. Your Idea. Finding it. Exploring it. Writing it. You can come with material already bubbling in your head, or sketched on paper, or you can open yourself to something new. Either way, by the end of the long weekend you will have:

  • Developed strategies for generating ideas
  • Learned how to recognise an idea when it happens
  • Understood how to explore an idea for potential story
  • Become familiar with the elements of story
  • Learned to distinguish between different kinds of idea
  • Written a piece of work that is uniquely and identifiably yours, and of which you can be proud

What matters is that you leave Tall John’s House with new material and a clear strategy for generating more. Along the way, you will connect, or re-connect, with your creative spark, and in that spark discover, or enrich, your authentic voice. You will peel back the curtain on the million stories that surround you, and learn to let them speak to you, so that you can speak of them. Whether you are a beginner, or an experienced writer, this weekend will help you to become a stronger, more confident story-teller, richer in both inspiration and your art.

Areas to be explored will include:

  • Finding meaning in objects and events
  • The Poetics of Space
  • The Elements of Story
  • Developing the Idea through theme and narrative
  • Literary Structure
  • Reflective Inspiration
  • Writing Exercises

Our work will take the shape of seminars, group workshops, one-to-one tutorials and reflection/writing time. We will also enjoy convivial company over meals and breaks, and in our informal evening gatherings. There are many indoor spaces in which to find quiet or conversation as you wish, along with gardens, woodlands and hills in which to walk or sit, muse or write.

Tall John’s House is a Georgian manor house situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It has all the character and quirks of a period property, but with the added warmth of a family home. We will be using the house and its grounds for our inspiration, and there are plenty of places where you can write and reflect. The price includes all meals, tea and coffee, and afternoon tea break. All rooms are for single or double occupancy, beautifully presented with high-quality bedding and furnishings, and all with en-suite facilities, both inside the main house and in the converted stables outside. The maximum number of students on this course will be 14. There is opportunity for a reduced price if you are willing to share a large double room, with twin beds.

Dates: Thursday-Sunday, 5th-8th April 2018

Location: Tall John’s House, Llangasty, near Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PX

Cost: £550 (£480 if sharing in large twin room) per person, for three nights, all rooms en-suite, and all meals included. Please contact us for more details.

Tutors: this retreat will be led by Lily Dunn and Robin Mukherjee – you can read more about them here.

How to book: to reserve a place or for more information, please email stay@talljohns.house or info@londonlitlab.co.uk