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Writing in Constable Country - Flatford Mill

Duration: Three days

Price: £339

Run by: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

01206 297110

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

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About the Course

Three day residential creative writing workshop, run by the Field Studies Council.

Constable found endless inspiration for painting in the tranquil landscape and bountiful skies of the Suffolk countryside. During this creative writing course, you will explore the river path where Constable once sketched Flatford Mill to find your own creative response to its gnarled willows, gentle fields and rushing mill stream. New writing will be generated both through careful observation and also by making personal and imaginative connections to the land and its particular atmosphere. Constable's paintings and the local buildings that he sketched will also provoke fresh ideas and exciting imagery for writing. Anyone who wants to write about the natural world is welcome on this course, whether a beginner or more experienced writer. Carefully structured yet enjoyable exercises will help sensitise your responses to landscape and develop your writing skills. Over the course you will produce several short pieces of writing and go away with plenty of ideas and inspiration to write more. Participants are free to write in the form they prefer - descriptive pieces, stories, poems.

This inspirational weekend 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 writer. She is a published feature journalist and poet with her 2014 prose poetry anthology, 'The Garden of Shadow and Delight', published with Cinnamon Press. She has a Masters degree in Creative and Professional writing.

Bring a friend! If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast. Get in touch to book this offer.

Flatford Mill lies at the heart of the Dedham Vale, on the banks of the River Stour near the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott’s House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable. The rich mosaic of lowland landscapes, wildlife habitats and places of historic interest are all reflected in our extensive programme of courses.

The Centre is located between Colchester and Ipswich and is about 10 miles from each, approximately 2 miles from the A12.

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If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The fee also includes accommodation in your own room. Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).
Up to 9 hours of tuition a day
Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day
Use of resources including library, workrooms, studios and the Centre grounds
If you would like accommodation, full board accommodation includes a cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, home made cakes and an evening meal.

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Course Start Dates

Friday 17th August 2018

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