A Sense of Place – One Day Writing Courses in July

Caravanserai Writing Courses One Day workshops at Treloan

Saturday July 17th or July 25th 2010

£30 (overnight accomodation is optional, see below)

for booking information contact: unspokenwords1(at)yahoo.co.uk

Course Outline:

Session 1:

Writing with a sense of place –

Drawing on the experiences of contemporary Cornish Writers, who have responded to interview questions about everything from their roots in Cornwall, making a living as writers, a sense of home, and how they draw inspiration from a sense of place,  this session looks overall at poetic writings inspired by nature, writing for performance, and the context of landscape in literature generally.

Session 2:

Living the language –

taking a look at the voice, the inner voice, the reading voice, the character’s voice, drawing on experiences working with Sign Language (BSL) writers in particular – incorporating the visual within the language of the  spoken word.

(there are breaks between the sessions, time to chat, talk a walk,  or to feel inspired)

session 3:

Fireside reading –

the after dinner evening session is an open forum around an open fire, a supportive atmosphere where participants are encouraged to read some of their own work, or something which has particularly inspired you. An opportunity to take time to discuss ideas on an intimate level.


Mac Dunlop (M.A.) is the Poetry Editor of Cornish World Magazine, and writer of the comedy radio series ‘Unspoken Words’ – now in its second successful year and syndicated on London’s Resonance FM

Accomodation (price not included in course fees):

overnight camping, (£10/person) or caravan/mobile homes subject to availability


Tea and light refreshments during the afternoon, with a communal BBQ meal during the evening fireside reading session. (please bring your own drinks/refreshments)

Sharing in the preparing of food is all part of the experience, getting to know each other and share ideas in different ways outside of the writing  and workshop sessions.  Writing can often seem a very individual experience, so the Caravanserai sessions offer a chance to chat on more personal levels.

Please bring your own writing materials.

Caravanserai Background:

Originally the word ‘caravan’ referred to a travelling company of people, and in this context, a caravanserai’ is a place where caravans meet.

To date the Caravanserai Project has hosted artists, writers, musicians, storytellers, geographers, academics and students through various residencies, work placements, field visits and project events.

Treloan Coastal Holidays welcomes guests all year round and is situated on the beautifully unspoilt rural Roseland Peninsula, bounded by the sea on two sides and the beautiful Fal River on another. Here you can experience the best sandy beaches, narrow country lanes, real ale in historic pubs, churches and castles, picturesque harbours, quaint villages, cream teas.

“The space is fantastic – good areas to work in, no complications or diversions like internet or phones, a chance to immerse myself in my surroundings and writing”. 2009 writer in residence, Cat Holman

The Place:

The Roseland Peninsula is a pretty, unspoilt seaside and riviera location with old, and typically Cornish villages, a mild sub-tropical climate and the most beautiful plantlife, wildlife and birdlife. There is no room for change in this area – and those in the know keep returning year after year.

From the caravan and campsite, a web of pretty footpaths take you all over the southern most tip of the peninsula – to the Percuil river (Place Manor), where guests can catch a ferryboat to St Mawes, or follow paths to St Anthony’s Head with its lighthouse, bird watch shelter, second world war watchpost and defences and breathtaking views across the Carrick Roads Estuary towards Falmouth.