Spend five days immersed in Ted Hughes former house in West Yorkshire, away from everyday life’s distractions. Focus on your writing and take it in unconventional directions with the help of Prof. Patricia Duncker (author of Hallucinating Foucault and Seven Tales of Sex and Death) and Will Eaves (17 times arts editor of The Times Literary Supplement and author of The Absent Therapist), two gifted authors and tutors.
Is there such a thing as a gay novel? Must the I/You of love poetry always be imagined as two people of the opposite sex? Do happy fictional marriages have to be heterosexual? If you have thought about some of these questions while reading and writing, then this week could be for you. We look at all the essential tasks of poetry and fiction writing – getting started, staying motivated, shaping language, plot, dialogue and metaphor – but with an eye on sex, gender, sexuality, and the suppleness of artistic conventions. Bring notebooks, a sense of humour, and an open mind!