Follow the river: creative writing on the banks of Flatford Mill

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FSC Flatford Mill, Flatford Road, East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6UL, UK

Event details

12 - 15 Aug, 2022

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.

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.

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.


I am an experienced writing tutor, offering inspirational one-off workshops and residentials as well as ongoing weekly creative writing and poetry classes (online and face-to-face). I offer writers guidance and stimulus, bringing a rich variety of sources ...

Near FSC Flatford Mill, Flatford Road, East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6UL, UK

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