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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Writing the Wild

  • Location: Malham Tarn
  • Tutor: Mary-Jane Holmes
  • Dates: Friday 13 September 2019 to Sunday 15 September 2019
  • Times: 04:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £150

This course has been cancelled.

The wild scenery in and around Malhamdale has inspired many artists including painters such as Turner and Ruskin and writers such as William Wordsworth and the contemporary author Bill Bryson. In this creative writing course, we will investigate the relationship between landscape and narrative, explore techniques to best define and describe landscape using more than just visual means and consider how the physical environment can be used as an effective tool to convey the complexity of human emotion and experience.

This workshop is open to both emerging and experienced writers of prose or poetry. Through an in-depth study of technique, close reading, discussion and fun writing exercises, writers will have the opportunity to develop their own language of the landscape and generate new writing and ideas to continue working on.

This inspirational course is run by Mary-Jane Holmes, an experienced writer and mentor of creative writing. Her new poetry collection ‘Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass’, published by Glasgow-based Pindrop Press explores many aspects of the wild landscape of Yorkshire and the Durham Dales. Poet Dave Lordan has described Mary-Jane as "perhaps the most convincingly rural and at the same time convincingly contemporary English poet since Ted Hughes". Mary-Jane has been published in such places as Myslexia, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Prole, The Tishman Review, The Lonely Crowd and The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2016 and 2018. She is the winner of the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize, the Martin Starkie Poetry Prize, the Bedford International Poetry Prize and the Dromineer Flash Fiction Prize. She is a frequent reader at the Settle Session poetry readings and will be participating at the Swaledale Festival in 2019.

Since 2009 Mary-Jane has held the post of chief editor of Fish Publishing, Ireland, an organisation committed to supporting emerging writers all over the world. She is the director and coordinator of the company’s creative writing and mentoring programs and teaches in various places in the world including Spain, Switzerland, the USA and the UK. She holds a Masters of Studies in Creative Writing from Kellogg College, Oxford.

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