Following the River: Creative Writing on the banks of Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill


Follow the river where Constable once sketched under expansive Suffolk skies, and find inspiration for writing. Listen to the varied voices and rhythms of the River Stour and the stories the water whispers as it glides past gnarled willows, rushes through locks, gathers in dark mill ponds and slowly winds its way to the sea…

This creative writing course combines periods of outdoor observation with exploration of a stimulating array of images, texts, music, film clips and stories associated with rivers. Fresh ideas and imagery will also be drawn from the depths of the imagination and memory.

During the course, supportive, enjoyable exercises will deepen your response to the river and surrounding landscape and you’ll produce several short pieces on the river theme, encompassing wildlife, flora, buildings and human lives, past and present. Responses may take the form of stories, poems, descriptive or memory-based writing.

Experienced writers and those who are starting out are all welcome.

Tutor: Rebecca Hubbard
This inspirational writing course is offered by Rebecca Hubbard, an experienced writer and writing tutor with a passion for helping people to explore and deepen their connection with natural places through words. Rebecca works as a gardener and writes. She is a published feature journalist and poet with her prose poetry anthology, The Garden of Shadow and Delight, came out with Cinnamon Press in 2014. She has a Masters degree in Creative and Professional Writing.

What to Bring
It may be possible to take a river trip down the Stour as part of the weekend. Please bring a little cash if you wish to join in with this.
A hard backed notebook suitable for making notes/writing out of doors.
If you bring your laptop to the classroom, please make ensure it is charged up
beforehand. Thank you

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Expert Tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full Board Accommodation
Hot and Cold Drinks


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Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

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  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers


4 days (4:00pm to 4:00pm)

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