Put pen to paper at the Keele University writing retreat

Outside view of Keele Hall Building

Keele Hall

Posted on 22 February 2010

Budding writers of poetry and fiction are invited to take part in a week-long retreat run by four established authors and poets.

The writing retreat, which will take place from Sunday, July 25, to Friday, July 30, in the inspiring surroundings of Keele Hall at Keele University, will encourage writers to achieve their potential.

Poets Jacob Polley and James Sheard and authors Gwendoline Riley and Joe Stretch will lead workshops and mentor participants during the course, as well as reading from their own works. All have extensive experience of the teaching of creative writing, as well as being established writers in their fields.

James Sheard, who is a creative writing lecturer at Keele, said: “We welcome writers of all levels to this intensive writing school, although you will benefit most from the retreat if you have some writing which you wish to work on or improve - or a specific idea - before you come.”

Work produced during the writing retreat can also be converted into credits towards Keele’s MA in Creative Writing.

The retreat costs £525 inclusive of accommodation and meals. There will be a discount available for locally-based writers who do not require accommodation.

For information about booking, and general information about the Keele Writing Retreat, please contact Kath McKeown on k.c.mckeown@his.keele.ac.uk

For questions about how the writers work with you, or any concerns about the suitability of the course for you, please contact James Sheard on j.r.j.sheard@engl.keele.ac.uk

The retreat’s website can be found at http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/en/pgrad/mawriting/summerschool/index.html


About the writers

Jacob Polley is the author of two collections of poetry - The Brink and Small Gods - and a novel - Talk of the Town, all published by Picador. Jacob was selected as one of the Next Generation of British poets in 2004. In 2002 he won an Eric Gregory Award and the Radio 4/Arts Council ‘First Verse’ Award.

Gwendoline Riley is the author of three novels - Cold Water, Sick Notes and Joshua Spassky - and a collection of short stories. She has won the Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Prize and been shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

Joe Stretch has published two novels with Vintage - Friction and Wildlife - and is working on his third. His stories have also appeared in a number of magazines and national newspapers. Joe is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Keele University, and also teaches the song lyric in the Music department.

James Sheard is published by Mews Press and Cape. His pamphlet Hotel Mastbosch was a PBS Choice in 2003, and his first full collection of poems - Scattering Eva - was shortlisted for a Forward Prize and the Dimplex Poetry Prize. His next collection - Dammtor - is due out in September 2010. He is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Keele.