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CHASE Creative Writing Residency

  • Great Barn Farm Gayton Thorpe PE32 1PN (map)

A creative writing residency to provide an opportunity for creative writers across the CHASE network to build creative writing skills, further CHASE creative writing projects, develop pedagogical skills and build relationships across the network.

The Residency

The Residency is a one-week program for creative writers from 18th to 25th May at the Great Barn Farm near Kings Lynn. The week will consist of daily student led workshops and writing classes on theory and practice with a masterclass on the 19th from Sarah Hall, who has published six novels, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The week will also include scheduled time for participants to further their own creative projects. It will conclude with a group discussion on teaching best practices and draft guidelines.

The Venue

Accomodation will be in luxury barns on a working 1350-acre farm. A link to the venue is here: Bedlinen and towels will be provided (but guests should bring towels for the swimming pool if they wish to swim) Accommodation includes plenty of indoor shared social space, a private outdoor garden and seating area, a table tennis barn and a shared indoor swimming pool and steam room. The immediate area “is a very beautiful and quiet part of Norfolk with gently rolling farmland, ancient woodlands and wildlife filled fields and hedgerows.”

Rooms will typically be shared by two participants with one bathroom for each pair. Each participant should claim a refund for travel costs from their own CHASE allowance, through the CHASE representative for their respective institution.

What is expected from participants

Each participant will be required to give a one-and-a-half-hour class on a specific aspect of the theory and practice of creative writing or lead a two-hour workshop. (Please note that classes will be recorded for dissemination across the CHASE Network.) For each workshop, each participant will be required to read and comment on material submitted by other participants and to return a marked-up script to each workshoppee. Each participant will be workshopped once and will be expected to submit up to five thousand words of prose or script or a comparable portfolio of poetry for that purpose. Material must be circulated by no later than the 27th of April.

Each participant will be required to prepare one evening meal for the group and to help generally with cooking, keeping the house tidy and recording classes or workshops for dissemination by CHASE. Each participant will be required to prepare one blog post on a specified day or part of the residency to be published on the CHASE website.

More generally, as much as this is an opportunity for each participant to develop their own work, it is as importantly an opportunity to support others with work and build a CHASE community of writers for future support and accordingly, a collegiate spirit and an interest in learning and supporting are both critical.

Earlier Event: 16 May
Diagrammatics Masterclass
Later Event: 25 May
Thought and Image