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Cold Season

This eight-week course will explore writing that focuses on the theme of the ‘cold season.’ We will primarily engage in poetry and fiction, which welcomes the theme of autumn and winter, and allow us to interpret our understanding of the these seasons.  

The workshops will focus on a combination between reading, writing and sharing poetry as well as developing our critical feedback skills. The creative writing exercises will focus on developing your writing and imaginative skills regardless of your writing experience.

Beginners are welcome.

Introduction to Poetry

Kathleen Jamie

It was winter, near freezing,
I'd walked through a forest of firs
when I saw issue out of the waterfall
a solitary bird.

It lit on a damp rock,
and, as water swept stupidly on,
wrung from its own throat
supple, undammable song.

It isn't mine to give.
I can't coax this bird to my hand
that knows the depth of the river
yet sings of it on land.

Dates and times

This course runs from 10am-12.30pm, for 8 weeks:

  • Thursday 26th Nov
  • Thursday 3rd Dec
  • Thursday 10th Dec
  • Thursday 17th Dec
  • Break
  • Thursday 7th Jan
  • Thursday 14th Jan
  • Thursday 21st Jan
  • Thursday 28th Jan


The full cost of this course is £165.


Week one

The Nature of WinterIf winter was a person, what kind of person would it be? What is the beauty and cruelty of the winter months? What changes? What moves, What does winter symbolise in your writing? The workshop will explore these questions and will engage with poetry and fiction that will challenge our perceptions of what winter really means?

Week two

Critical feedback of student work.

Week three

Emotions in the Cold Season:  How might the cold season affect our emotions? How can we use the cold seasonmetaphorically to represent our emotions and states of mind?  Explore poetry and fiction, which engages with these concerns.  These will become stimuli material for your own writing. 

Week four

Critical feedback of student work.

Week five

Our Changing Climates:  How might we write about our changing climate? How might we engage with the world turning colder or indeed warmer? How can we immerse ourselves with our shifting landscapes? How do we write about engaging with nature, and humanity’s cold eye? The workshop will explore texts that address some of these issues and will be used as stimuli for your own writing.

Week six

Critical feedback of student work.

Week seven

Creating Cold Landscapes: What does a cold landscape look like? Is it the Arctic? The North Pole? Or your own back garden? Is it this world in crisis? Is the destruction of nature, the cold landscape of our reality? We will continue to work literally and metaphorically on the notion of a cold landscape and engage in poetry that draw their inspiration from seasons and coldness.

Week eight

Critical feedback of student work.