Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

Follow the river where Constable once sketched under ever-changing Suffolk skies and find inspiration for writing. During this creative writing course, you will listen for the various voices and narratives of the River Stour as it glides past gnarled willows, rushes through locks, gathers in dark mill ponds and slowly winds its way to the sea…

Fresh imagery, insights and writing will be provoked through a combination of outdoor observation, dipping into memory and imagination, and by engaging with a rich array of images, texts and myths associated with rivers, real and imagined. Carefully structured yet enjoyable exercises will help sensitize and deepen your responses to landscape and get you writing.

Over the course, you will produce several short pieces on the theme of the river, including its wildlife and the humans (past and present) that it touches. You will also return home with a notebook of ideas and inspiration for further writing. Participants are free to write in whatever form they prefer –fiction, factual, descriptive pieces, stories or poems. Suitable for experienced writers and those who are starting out.

Tutor: Rebecca Hubbard

This weekend course is offered by Rebecca Hubbard, an experienced and inspirational writing tutor with a facility for helping people to explore their connection with natural places through writing. She works as a writing tutor for Buckinghamshire Adult Education, runs independent workshops and is a published poet (The Garden of Shadow and Delight, Cinnamon Press). She also worked as a freelance feature journalist, professional gardener and 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.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Two poems or short prose extracts (fact or fiction) by other writers which describe or speak of the anticipation, experience or process of spring. Choose writing that particularly moves, inspires or interests you.  You could bring an image if you prefer.
  • Comfortable shoes or boots for walking and some rain wear just in case summer fails  us ... We won't be going far but we will be taking some short walks to explore the area.
  • A hardback notebook to enable you to take notes when you are out and about.
  • Writing paper, pens and/or a laptop. (Please bring laptops to the classroom charged up to avoid trailing wires).