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Writing poetry

SEDBERGH: Re:Discovering Your Voice

Date: Monday 4 September, 2017 - Saturday 9 September, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Price: from £650
Venue address:
The Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale, Sedbergh LA10 5PW

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Re: Discovering Your Voice

Residential performance poetry course with Ben Mellor (tutor) and Ian McMillan (guest reader): 4 September, 4.00pm - 9 September, 10.00am .

Your voice is as unique to you as your face, your fingerprints. So why waste time trying to sound like anybody else?

Explore the connection between your writing, speaking, perhaps even your singing voice in this week-long course delivered by award-winning writer and performer, Ben Mellor.

Using a range of writing, vocal and physical exercises, you will spend time identifying the individual brilliance of your voice - your use of language, dialect, accent, tone, timbre, rhythm and style.

Using examples of unique voices in writing and performance as a stimulus, we will work with existing texts and create new pieces of poetry and spoken word - aiming to compose not on the page, as Ferlinghetti said, but on the tongue.

Suitable for those finding their voice for the first time, and equally for those who feel they've misplaced theirs and need a rummage down the back of the sofa.

The course is held at The Garsdale Retreat set in the stunning beauty of The Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Course Fees (includes fully catered meals): single/ensuite room: £750; single/shared bathroom: £700; shared room (2 beds) £650.

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