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January 2017
£198.00

Ukulele: A Weekend for Intermediate Players

Fri 27 Jan 2017 @ 15:30 - Mon 29 Jan 2018 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
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Ukulele: A Weekend for Intermediate Players

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August 2017
£625

Marquetry

August 21 @ 8:30 - August 25 @ 5:30
Boat Building Academy, Lyme Regis Marine Centre, Monmouth Beach
Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3JN United Kingdom
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No woodworking skills required to learn the intricate art of marquetry. Make simple motifs before progressing to more complex designs. You will also learn parquetry, shading and finishing techniques. You will take home at least two coasters and a decorative panel and some of the tools used to produce them.

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September 2017
£450

Rhythm

September 1 @ 17:00 - September 3 @ 13:00
The Holiday Inn, Near Darlington
Scotch Corner, Yorkshire DL10 6NR United Kingdom
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Every aspect of Rhythm: Blues, Bossa, Funk and much more. For details and Course Overviews please contact Ronnie on info@guitarweekends.co.uk or have a chat on 0844 272 4433There is an Early Bird Offer on until midnight of the 6th ofJanuary on all residential courses of £25 discount. Vouchers are available for anyone who wants to come on a course but not sure which one is best (also makes a fantastic gift for someone else) The above list can change -…

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£625

Antique Furniture Restoration

September 4 @ 8:30 - September 8 @ 5:30
Boat Building Academy, Lyme Regis Marine Centre, Monmouth Beach
Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3JN United Kingdom
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Learn how to restore and repair antique furniture, reviving original patination and finishes. Guided by master restorer Christopher Booth you will reduce furniture to component parts, clean and repair joints and match veneers, stringing and timber for colour and quality and revive brassware and other decorations. You may work on a piece of your own furniture; please submit photographs in advance of the course.

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£285

Bookbinding – Photo & Wedding Albums

September 8 @ 17:00 - September 10 @ 17:00
The Grange, Grange Road
Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 9DE United Kingdom
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An opportunity to learn the specific binding skills for making a traditional photo album, skills that will also useful for other bookbinding projects. Beginners welcome.

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£440

Themed

September 8 @ 17:00 - September 11 @ 13:00
The House, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS United Kingdom + Google Map

The songs of Clapton, The Beatles and The Eagles. For details and Course Overviews please contact Ronnie on info@guitarweekends.co.uk or have a chat on 0844 272 4433There is an Early Bird Offer on until midnight of the 6th ofJanuary on all residential courses of £25 discount. Vouchers are available for anyone who wants to come on a course but not sure which one is best (also makes a fantastic gift for someone else) The above list can change - check…

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£440

Improvisation

September 15 @ 17:00 - September 17 @ 13:00
The House, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS United Kingdom + Google Map

Introduction level; escape out of the pentatonic minor scale. For details and Course Overviews please contact Ronnie on info@guitarweekends.co.uk or have a chat on 0844 272 4433There is an Early Bird Offer on until midnight of the 6th ofJanuary on all residential courses of £25 discount. Vouchers are available for anyone who wants to come on a course but not sure which one is best (also makes a fantastic gift for someone else) The above list can change - check…

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£420

Maintenance

September 23 @ 13:00 - September 24 @ 17:00
The House, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS United Kingdom + Google Map

Intonation and action set-up. Acoustic or electric. For details and Course Overviews please contact Ronnie on info@guitarweekends.co.uk or have a chat on 0844 272 4433There is an Early Bird Offer on until midnight of the 6th ofJanuary on all residential courses of £25 discount. Vouchers are available for anyone who wants to come on a course but not sure which one is best (also makes a fantastic gift for someone else) The above list can change - check out our…

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October 2017
£190

Sacred songs to soothe the soul

October 6 @ 17:00 - October 8 @ 14:00
Willersley Castle Hotel, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5JH United Kingdom + Google Map

A weekend of glorious harmony singing in the midst of autumn splendour. Enliven your spirit with a feast of harmonies and learn songs from a range of cultures and traditions spanning the globe, all in a wonderful Derbyshire setting.

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£355

Paper Marbling

October 6 @ 17:00 - October 8 @ 17:00
The Grange, Grange Road
Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 9DE United Kingdom
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An introductory course for those who would like to learn the skills of traditional paper marbling. Complete beginners welcome.

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£470

Exploring the Second Half of Life Through Mindfulness

October 12 @ 17:00 - October 15 @ 17:00
The Grange, Grange Road
Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 9DE United Kingdom
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A 3-day retreat for women to embrace the potential of the second half of life, teaching mindfulness and meditation techniques.

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£62.00

Japanese Embroidery

October 14 @ 19:00 - October 16 @ 16:45
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
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Japanese Embroidery

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FICTION

October 16 @ 16:30 - October 21 @ 10:00
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Clunton SY70JA United Kingdom
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Following the success of Arvon’s first-ever queer writingcourse, we return with another week on a queer slant. We will tackle the basics – character, dialogue, plotting – and also explore the challenges and opportunities that alternative sexualities bring to narrative, from pronoun concerns (he, she, they?) to avoiding the excesses of political correctness and writing inclusive and honest fiction. All genders, all sexualities, and all subject matters warmly welcomed.

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£285

Letterpress Printing – Greetings Cards

October 20 @ 17:00 - October 22 @ 17:00
The Grange, Grange Road
Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 9DE United Kingdom
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Come and learn how to print greetings cards the traditional way. Beginners welcome.

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£440

Performance

October 20 @ 17:00 - October 22 @ 13:00
The Bear Hotel, 41 Charnham Street
Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0EL United Kingdom
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How to prepare for a deliver a solo, duet and band performance. For details and Course Overviews please contact Ronnie on info@guitarweekends.co.uk or have a chat on 0844 272 4433There is an Early Bird Offer on until midnight of the 6th ofJanuary on all residential courses of £25 discount. Vouchers are available for anyone who wants to come on a course but not sure which one is best (also makes a fantastic gift for someone else) The above list can…

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CHILDREN’S TV

October 23 @ 16:30 - October 28 @ 10:00
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Clunton SY70JA United Kingdom
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Explore writing TV for six- to twelve-year-olds. Children’sTV has come a long way in the last 25 years. The audience may be young, but they’re fiercely critical – and spoilt for choice. So although there’s a strong market for children’s material, it’s highly competitive. We’ll look at how to hook your audience in and keep them watching. We’ll also cover the differences between writing live action and animation and talk about new opportunities in the digital space. You’ll leave equipped…

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£380

Bookbinding – Half-leather

October 26 @ 17:00 - October 29 @ 17:00
The Grange, Grange Road
Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 9DE United Kingdom
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This course will cover the skills required to bind a hardback book with three-quarter leather binding. Some binding skills required.

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POETRY: TOWARDS A COLLECTION

October 30 @ 16:30 - November 4 @ 10:00
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Clunton SY70JA United Kingdom
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Making the leap to producing a collection is differentfrom writing single poems. Yet it’s a hugely creative and enjoyable process, which includes plenty of new writing as well as reading and editing. We’ve designed this week to support you at this exciting stage, whether you’re doing it for the first time or the fifteenth. Working on a collection also allows you to think beyond the single page, and see poems as an extended, related work: so the course is also…

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November 2017
£440

Fingerstyle

November 3 @ 17:00 - November 5 @ 13:00
The Bear Hotel, 41 Charnham Street
Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0EL United Kingdom
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Picking patterns, solo fingerstyle, all genres. Acoustic and electric. For details and Course Overviews please contact Ronnie on info@guitarweekends.co.uk or have a chat on 0844 272 4433There is an Early Bird Offer on until midnight of the 6th ofJanuary on all residential courses of £25 discount. Vouchers are available for anyone who wants to come on a course but not sure which one is best (also makes a fantastic gift for someone else) The above list can change - check…

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NARRATIVE NON-FICTION

November 6 @ 16:30 - November 11 @ 10:00
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Clunton SY70JA United Kingdom
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This week we will explore a wide variety of narrativebasedtechniques for telling vivid non-fiction stories, with particular focus on reportage and memoir. Through an exploration of structure, research, storytelling, character, dialogue and scene-building, we will encourage authentic and vibrant writing with strong narrative and a deep respect for language. This week will suit all levels of experience. Participants are invited to submit up to 2,000 words of a work-in-progress, to be sent to The Hurst by 6 October 2017.

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FICTION

November 13 @ 16:30 - November 18 @ 10:00
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Clunton SY70JA United Kingdom
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‘The course of true love never did run smooth’, andneither does the writing of a romantic novel. Like any strong relationship, a romantic novel needs firm foundations: a strong plot, secure framework and credible characters. Guiding you through all the above elements and more, we will explore the broad genre of romance and the market for it. Whether you’re newly embarked on a relationship with romantic fiction or much further along the path, we will help you deal with the…

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£440

Intro to Jazz

November 17 @ 17:00 - November 19 @ 13:00
The Bear Hotel, 41 Charnham Street
Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0EL United Kingdom
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Turn Pop/Rock/Blues/Country/Folk into smooh jazz arrangements. For details and Course Overviews please contact Ronnie on info@guitarweekends.co.uk or have a chat on 0844 272 4433There is an Early Bird Offer on until midnight of the 6th ofJanuary on all residential courses of £25 discount. Vouchers are available for anyone who wants to come on a course but not sure which one is best (also makes a fantastic gift for someone else) The above list can change - check out our website…

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POETRY

November 20 @ 16:30 - November 25 @ 10:00
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Clunton SY70JA United Kingdom
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Poets write out of their personal chaos – thepreoccupations that arise from their lives and relationships. But can private experience be poetically shaped to connect with a wider audience? Can we draw on the personal to create work that is publicly engaged? Drawing on concepts such as vision and inspiration, and poetic forms and approaches including ballads and confessionalism, we will explore ways to bear witness to our lives and times.

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£440

Improvers

November 24 @ 17:00 - November 26 @ 13:00
The House, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS United Kingdom + Google Map

Focus on note quality and practice. Build on Strugglers. For details and Course Overviews please contact Ronnie on info@guitarweekends.co.uk or have a chat on 0844 272 4433There is an Early Bird Offer on until midnight of the 6th ofJanuary on all residential courses of £25 discount. Vouchers are available for anyone who wants to come on a course but not sure which one is best (also makes a fantastic gift for someone else) The above list can change - check…

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STARTING TO WRITE: NON FICTION

November 27 @ 16:30 - December 2 @ 10:00
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Clunton SY70JA United Kingdom
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Do you have a non-fiction subject you are burning towrite about? Are you unsure how to turn it into a book, or what kind of book to write? This week will help you understand how to turn facts into compelling stories and how to make non-fiction as engaging as a novel. We will inspire you to explore the best ways to research and frame your story. We’ll include whether and how to put yourself into the book, and, crucially, how…

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December 2017

EDITING A NOVEL

December 4 @ 16:30 - December 9 @ 10:00
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Clunton SY70JA United Kingdom
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An early draft of a novel is a very different beast froma finished manuscript. How do you get from one to the other, and how do you create distance between yourself and your manuscript? How can you hone your sentences while also digging deeper to discover three-dimensional characters and a natural narrative drive? Here is your chance to work with an experienced editor and novelist. You’ll sharpen your writer’s ears and eyes; you’ll explore the ‘deep wiring’ of your novel;…

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