WORDS WORTH WRITING

A Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry Workshop/Retreat to be held at  William Wordsworth’s Historic Lake District Family Home, Rydal Mount. Led by Meg Pokrass and Ingrid Jendrzejewski

March 15th – 18th, 2020

Words Worth Writing is an upcoming flash fiction and prose poetry workshop/retreat led by Meg Pokrass and Ingrid Jendrzejewski. The 3-day/3 evening retreat will take place in historic Rydal Mount. Our focus will be on short form writing as we soak in the history and beauty of William Wordsworth’s family home, nestled deep in the heart of the Lake District.

We’ll spend our days writing, revising, resting, and learning from each other in this incredible setting. Our focus will be on craft, and on creating many new pieces, with an emphasis on how to approach revision. There will be brief one-to-one sessions where you can chose to receive feedback (with Ingrid) or to be mentored on your writing goals and publication objectives (with Meg). All of this will be included in the 3 day package.

Rydal Mount is situated in Ambleside, Cumbria, less than 2 hours from Manchester International Airport. We expect that wherever you come from, we’ll be able to help make your journey comfortable.

About Rydal Mount: Rydal Mount lies between Ambleside and Grasmere and commands glorious views of Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding fells. This was William Wordsworth’s best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. The house, which was a focus for romantic literature, continues to be owned by the Wordsworth family and retains the feel of a lived in family home. The house dates from the 16th century, although was enlarged over the intervening centuries, and even by Wordsworth himself. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the five acre garden remains very much as he designed it. It consists of fell-side terraces, rock pools and an ancient mound.

What to expect

A unique three-day/three-evening retreat with two group sessions each day including flash-craft talks, generative writing exercises, art-of-revision, one-on-one feedback sessions, wonderful meals, and evening salons in which we’ll read our stories aloud. We’ll be leaving plenty of time to write and to walk around the beautiful grounds and surrounding area. All levels of experience are welcome. Please note: Our emphasis will be on literary flash fiction as opposed to genre.

Fees and Accommodation and Transport:

Workshop fee: £350. The workshop is limited to 12 participants on a first come basis. The fee includes teaching and an individual 20-minute one-to-one session, lunch and dinner. Due to restrictions, the kitchen cannot currently accommodate vegan and food allergy diets (we’re very sorry), but vegetarian meals can be provided.

Accommodation costs are NOT included. Single room booking nearby will be available for an anticipated room rate of around £65 pppn or less (depending on numbers booked). We are liaising with a local site and may be able to provide participants with a group rates.

Transport cost are not included as part of the fee. Pickup from the Windermere station can be arranged. Please contact Meg directly re: any questions.

Book now to reserve your space

Refund Policy for Deposits: A Full refund (minus Paypal fees) before Jan 3rd, 2020

YOUR TEACHERS

Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass is the author of six flash fiction collections, most recently Alligators At Night (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2018) and  The Dog Seated Next to Me (Pelekinesis, 2019). Her book of prose poetry, Cellulose Pajamas, was the recipient of the Blue Light Book Award in 2016 and has been included in two Norton Anthologies of flash fiction, Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015 and New Micro (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018). Meg currently serves as Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival U.K., Flash Challenge Editor/Judge at Mslexia, Co-Founding Editor (with Gary Fincke) Best Microfiction Anthology Series (Pelekinesis, 2020) and Founding Editor/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review. She has served as a flash competition judge for the Bath Flash Award and Bath Novella-in-Flash Award, Mslexia’s Flash Fiction Competition 2018, Retreat West’s Flash Fiction Prize 2019 and many others..

Ingrid Jendrzejewski

Ingrid Jendrzejewski studied creative writing and English literature at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. Her work has been published in places like Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Jellyfish Review, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and The Conium Review, and Best Small Fictions 2019. She has won the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the A Room Of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction among other competitions, and her short collection Things I Dream About When I’m Not Sleeping was a runner up for BFFA’s first Novella-in-Flash competition. She serves as a co-director of National Flash Fiction Day, editor-in-chief of FlashBack Fiction and a flash editor at JMWW.

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