Going Virtual in October Half Term...


Virtual Poetry Retreat

Led by Jonny Walker and Ross & Felicity from 'Writing for Pleasure'

Monday 26th - Friday 30th October 2020

We are very excited to launch our first Poetry Retreats for adults - and this is one is virtual!

Many of us might have wanted a getaway in October half-term, but with things being as they are, this is difficult.


Do not fear. We can provide you with a week of enjoyment, creativity, reflection and connectedness, even over Zoom!


You will be able to join in with as much or as little as you like, and all sessions will be recorded, so you can access them later. Live is, of course, better, as you can then connect with others in our writing community.


Our retreat runs from Monday to Friday and has three main elements.


Each day contains two hours of poetry retreat activities, led by Jonny Walker. These are designed to build your confidence to write, to think differently, to focus on small and significant details, and to enjoy the playfulness of toying with language. Jonny will be joined by a guest poet on Wednesday and a headteacher on Friday.


Each day also contains an hour and a half workshop led by Ross Young and Felicity Ferguson, from the Writing for Pleasure Centre. Their five ‘Living the Writer Teacher Life’ sessions explore ways in which we can create a genuine community of writers in our classrooms.


And as a little extra, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, we are offering a very relaxed and leisurely ‘Open Mic’ space online, where we can chat, share our writing, develop our ideas and idle away our time with tea and (cyber)biscuits.


The session overview can be found below - you are welcome to attend all sessions, but are not obliged to do so; each of them is standalone.


All you will need is a stable internet connection, the ability to get onto Zoom, some paper to write on, some pens and a bit of time. 


In total then, this gives you the chance to access nearly 20 hours of time just for you - time to think, time to reflect, time to laugh and time to write.


The cost is just £60 per person, and we cannot wait to build a writers' community with you.


The Week


  • Ross and Felicity’s ‘Living the Writer Teacher Life’ Workshops - 10:30- 12:00

  • Jonny’s 'Poetry Retreat’ sessions - 13:00 - 15:00

  • The Writers’ Lounge - 21:00 - 22:00 (Tues, Thurs and Fri)



Day One - Monday 26th October


10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Teaching the Writing Process

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: Opening Ourselves To Poetry


Day Two - Tuesday 27th October


10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Using your own writing as a mini-lesson

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: Seeing Things Differently

21:00 - 22:00 - The Writers’ Lounge and Open Mic


Day Three - Wednesday 28th October


10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Sharing mentor texts

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: The anecdote as a poetic seed (with Adisa the Verbalizer)


Day Four - Thursday 29th October


10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Read, Share, Think and Talk About Writing in Class

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: Rhyme, Rhythm, Structure and Freedom

21:00 - 22:00 - The Writers’ Lounge and Open Mic


Day Five - Friday 30th October

10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Create a community of writers

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: Nature, People, The World Outside

21:00 - 22:00 - The Final Writers’ Lounge and Open Mic


To sign up, click here to go to our Eventbrite page

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