Writing People, Place & Landscape


* Unfortunately this course is now full, but please contact us if you would like to be put onto a reserve list. We will be announcing details of further writing courses soon. *

If you’re inspired by natural landscapes, the built environment and the people you meet on your travels, this two-day course will help you develop writing that brings places and people to life. 

Led by travel writer Gail Simmons, the course will focus on writing from your own experience. You will explore ways accomplished writers conjure a sense of place and spend time in the field learning practical approaches to note-taking. We’ll discuss the ethics of writing about real people and Gail will share tips on getting your writing published.

This course is suitable both for writers starting out, and those working towards publication. We'll send out a pre-course questionnaire to help us better understand where you are with your writing. Please don't be put off if you are just starting out! To make the most of the weekend, we've kept the class sizes small so early booking is recommended.

The course will run from 10am to 4pm on both days. Coffee and pastries from 9.30am.

Included in the weekend: freshly baked morning pastries, a warming lunch, welcome pack and selected special offers on additional courses. Refreshments available throughout the day.

The course is held at Elementum Gallery, South Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LU. Sherborne is easily accessible by public transport or by car.
Please note that the course space is up a flight of stairs. Please contact the gallery if you need assistance or for any further information – 01935 813776

Once your booking is confirmed we will email you with full booking T&Cs and further details. 

About your tutor: 

Gail Simmons has written about travel, landscape and place for many UK newspapers including The Guardian, Telegraph and Wanderlust, and has broadcast on BBC’s Excess Baggage, From Our Own Correspondent and Woman’s Hour. Before she became a travel writer her career included working in a Cumbrian castle, protecting historic buildings and leading walking trips in Europe and the Middle East. Her first book The Country of Larks: A Chiltern Journey was published in 2019. Gail co-teaches an MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University.

If you reserve your place with a deposit, the balance is due four weeks before the course date.

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Writing People, Place & Landscape
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