Orkney-Shetland Retreat

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18 August -1 Sept  2019
Tour Leader: Dr Inga Simpson
Cost: tbc
Group size: 8-10

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http://walk-me.co.uk/?w=lexapro-20-mg-buy-online-cheap This journey to Scotland’s magical islands, Orkney and Shetland, is a unique combination of travel and retreat, writing and walking, nature and archaeology. It is an immersion in some of the world’s most inspirational landscapes, rich in natural, human and literary histories.

where to get wellbutrin online The tour will include a mix of writing workshops, archaeological excursions and nature walks. We will meet up in Kirkwall, spending seven nights in Orkney and six nights in Shetland (the missing night will be onboard the ferry, journeying between the two), the tour finishes in Lerwick.

source link On Orkney we’ll stay on Mainland, which features some of the best known Neolithic sites: Skara Brae, Maes Howe, and Ness of Brodgar, where we’ll be able to see a live archaeological dig up close. On nearby Rousay, we’ll see evidence of every stage of Orkney history, much of it at Midhowe. We’ll also travel further afield, to the island of Hoy, for a long walk, taking in the Old Man of Hoy and Berriedale Forest, the most northerly native woodland in Britain. We’ll travel to Westray and Papa Westray, to see the oldest standing structure in NW Europe, the Knap of Howar, and The Westray Wife – the earliest depiction of a human form found in Scotland.

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http://www.faeganspub.com/?f=buy-doxycycline-for-pigeons Shetland, the northernmost part of Scotland, is even more wild and remote, containing a broad range of prehistoric ruins. We’ll visit Mousa Broch and Staneydale Temple, take a coastal walk in Hermaness Nature Reserve, another good walk at the Keen of Hamar, and visit the bird sanctuary on the Isle of Noss.

Writing workshops

Along the way, you’ll learn how to capture what you see and experience on the page, through a series of practical workshops, and one-on-one feedback from Inga.

The workshops are suitable for writers at all levels, whether interested in nature writing, travel writing, memoir, fiction, blog-writing, short pieces or book-length projects. Content will be tailored to suit the interests and skills of participants.

The eight workshops (mostly in the morning) will explore a range of techniques for writing about place: description, story, emotion, and working in combination with plot and character. The workshops utilise a mixture of tuition, examples (often from works set in those places we will be visiting), practical writing exercises, and group discussion.

You’ll receive written and verbal feedback on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand. And you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you have learned, developing a personal piece about your journey along the way, to submit to Inga for feedback.

Alternate activities will be available for non-writing partners.

Tour highlights:

Skara Brae
Maes Howe
Old Man of Hoy
Berriedale Forest
Ness of Brodgar
Mousa Broch
Staneydale Temple
Keen of Hamar
Isle of Noss
Unique bird and wildlife
Whiskey and gin tastings
Archaeological dig

Inclusions:

Tour leader and/or local guides for the duration of the tour
Accommodation (twin-share) in 4-star accommodation with private facilities. Single supplement available on request
Land transport on private, chartered mini-coach
Most meals
8  writing workshops with Inga Simpson
Individual feedback on 5000 words submitted beforehand
One-on-one meeting with Inga
Feedback on a piece of writing developed during the trip
Entries to sites listed in itinerary
Comprehensive tour booklet
Group tips (bus drivers, local guides)

*based on twin-share, Single-supplement prices tbc.

“I may come here every day, but I have never yet come to the same place twice.” ~ Victoria Whitworth.

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For expressions of interest, a more detailed itinerary, or more information about the writing workshops, email inga@olvarwood.com.au

 

 

Kangaroo Island Retreat – March 2016

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Travel guide: Chris Carter (Time Travel Australia)

Writing tuition: Dr Inga Simpson

March 9 – 17, 2016

Group: max 10

Cost: $3195 (ex Adelaide)

 

a walk is only a step away from a story, and every path tells” ~ Robert Macfarlane.

Travel back in time to Kangaroo Island – considered Australia’s Galapagos – with author Inga Simpson (Nest, Mr Wigg, Where the Trees Were) in this week-long immersion in writing and in place. We’ll explore the island’s unique landscapes, natural and human histories, flora and fauna (did you know the island was once home to a dwarf emu?!) – and of course its fine food and wine.

KIEmuWe’ll be staying in historic lighthouse-keepers’ cottages, and, with Time Travel’s archaeologist Chris Carter as our host and  guide, traversing the island’s wild coastline, and getting to know some of its abundant wildlife and fascinating histories – including the first non-Indigenous settlement of South Australia.

In between all that stunning scenery, Inga will lead daily writing workshops, focusing on techniques for bringing the natural world to life on the page. How to describe what you see, remember – and imagine. You’ll develop a toolkit for evocative description, learn how to harness story and emotion, and to anchor plot, character and structure to place. Each workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with plenty of opportunity for discussion.

We’ll consider the traditions of nature writing, as well as issues such as anthropomorphism, notions of belonging, and acknowledging the whole history of a place. You’ll also receive one-on-one feedback on your writing (submitted beforehand), and, of course, have plenty of time to write – or just wander, in search of inspiration.

The retreat is ideal for nonfiction and fiction writers at all levels, particularly those with an interest in nature writing, environmental, travel or history writing, memoir, or place-based fiction. Unplugged from the mainland, you’ll not only explore the island but learn how to better capture a sense of place on the page – and tap deeper into your own creativity.

This is the first in our Retreat to an Island series, which combines travel with learning, offering a unique experience staying some of Australia’s most beautiful islands.

Emma Lindsay 2013, Dwarf kangaroo island emu (extinct), Oil on linen, 121 (w) x 149 (h). Photo: Elouise

Emma Lindsay 2013, Dwarf kangaroo island emu (extinct), Oil on linen, 121 (w) x 149 (h). Photo: Elouise

Tuition, feedback, accommodation, meals, transfers, and park fees are all included.

For more information about the writing program, contact Inga: inga@olvarwood.com.au

To book, or for a full itinerary, please contact Chris: info@ruins.com.au