Here is your opportunity to take part in a residential writing course and retreat in the idyllic rural Dordogne at Le Verger near Limoges, France in May/June 2020. You will get full support to write a one act stage play in a week.
So, is this a course or a retreat?
Both! During your stay at Le Verger, you will be offered a taught session every morning, followed by individual writing time in the afternoon and opportunities to share and get feedback in the evenings. On top of that, you will also be offered a one-to-one session with the course facilitator.
The taught sessions are tailored to the needs of the group, which is why you will need to send us an idea for the play you want to write in advance. This pre-retreat writing feedback will also allow you and your tutor to make a realistic and specific individual writing plan for so that you will make best use of your writing time at Le Verger. The taught sessions dictate the specific writing tasks set out for you each day. In this way, this tailored retreat will help you address the different creative challenges you may be facing and give you the tools to overcome them. So, not only will you come home with a play, but you will have gained writing skills you can use for life.
The writing time is exactly that. Your time to write. You will be given specific writing tasks to help you achieve the most in the time available and get your play written.
The sharing time is an opportunity to hear your writing read and see how it works or what needs more attention. It is also an opportunity to learn from other people’s mistakes or successes and a great way to develop your critical thinking. Formulating and receiving feedback are essential skills for any writer. We should also say, it is entirely up to you if you want to share work at this stage. No pressure.
One-to-one session During the course of the retreat, you will be offered one individual session (up to 1 hour long) with your tutor to ask all those questions that you aren’t quite confident to share with the group, to get individual feedback and advice and soak up as much of that writing inspiration and energy as you possibly can.
So, who’s running this?
The course facilitator and your writing tutor is Kim Komljanec, playwright, dramaturge, and theatre director with an MA in playwriting from the University of Exeter and a wide range of experience in the practical side of theatre across different countries. More about Kim here.
Your hosts at Le Verger are Michèle and David Lambert. Michèle is a French teacher, whilst David is a writer himself. He holds an MA from the UEA and has taught creative writing at The Open University and writing for the stage at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. But most importantly, they are both incredibly attentive to their guests’ individual needs. Outstanding cooks, they cater to a variety of tastes and dietary needs. They are also the ones who will be picking you up from the airport and welcome you at Le Verger.