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Words and Wonder

Tutor: Lucy Corkhill
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start date:  This course may run again in the future / date tbc

Words and Wonder – a 6 week writing course

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

During this writing course, we’ll invite you to see your world anew, with “fresh eyes”. A sense of wonder has been shown to have positive effects on our mental health and wellbeing – we’ll be taking that awe and wonderment and using it to inform our writing practice. Looking at a diverse range of writers, including Donna Tartt, Charles Frazier, Anthony Doerr, Marilynne Robinson, and many more, we will explore how to bring both a telescopic and a microscopic view to the worlds we write.   

Who is this course for?

Beginners and advanced writers alike. Whether you write short stories, poetry, novels or memoir, cultivating a sense of wonder is a great way to infuse your writing (and your life) with energy.

This is a participatory course. We will do writing exercises in class, and (optional) homework will be set. During the second half of each session, you’ll be invited to share your writing if you would like to. We are very much focused on creating a safe, inclusive space to read, share and talk.

What will this course cover?

Practical exercises to heighten your observation skills
Looking at a wide range of writers and how they convey magic and wonder: experimenting with different styles in your own work
Using acute observation to develop scenes, characters, dialogue, setting and story-telling and to add depth to your writing
Applying a sense of wonderment to different aspects of your life: the natural world; human bodies; relationships; towns and cities etc and writing down your experiences and findings
Putting it all together: building layers of observation to create believable worlds in your writing
Cultivating new habits: ways to incorporate a sense of wonder into your daily activities to enhance your writing skills and enjoyment of life.

Please bring a notebook and pen/laptop. Hand-outs will be provided. 

About The Tutor

After studying English Literature and then Creative Writing at University of Sussex, Lucy spent over ten years working as a journalist and holistic therapist while writing fiction late at night. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies, been placed in competitions and won awards, including the Bath Short Story Acorn Award. She also writes a column for the women’s writing magazine Mslexia, and is currently working on a novel. Inhabiting wild spaces makes her feel alive and inspires her creativity; she has lived on a 90-year-old wooden boat, in a house in the woods, and in an off-grid coastguard cottage perched on the cliffs.