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Writerly life advice: Writing retreats for beginners

A writing retreat is one way of giving yourself time and space to write, and committing to writing more seriously. It’s also an increasingly popular thing to do, perhaps because our working lives leave us little time to be creative, so taking enforced time out in a place where the laundry and the washing up are not going to be causing distraction can be a good way to really put the hours in on a particular project. With that in mind, I have a few pointers to help you to choose a good writing retreat, and to help you make the most of it once you’re there.

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The Writer’s Workshop – What to Expect

This post, in a lot of ways, relates to my previous writing about how to get your poetry out there, because it’s yet another way of sharing your work as a fledgling writer, and something of a rite of passage for many writers of various genres.

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Textile study weekend March 2019

The overall aim of this weekend is to bring together textiles students from across the UK and further afield to focus on practice, critical thinking, a critical evaluation and the impact on the standards of student work. Join OCA tutors Rebecca Fairley and Neil Musson in Bristol on the 9 and 10.

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Study event review: Developing sketchbooks with artist Karen Stamper

For anyone thinking about setting up similar opportunities, I would say go for it as there is a lot of support available.  As well as working with an artist and developing sketchbook work everyone was pleased to be able to get together with other OCA students to talk, work and learn with each other. Everyone left wanting to do another workshop!

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Study Visit Review: London group study day

This study day has helped me to forge a different relationship with the landscape viewing it as place enables me to discuss or form my own relationship with that place rather than an exact physical depiction. I enjoyed using my own memories; nightclubs, brightness, misty dark mountains, land…

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London Group study day

Please note there are only a couple of spaces remaining for students who have not previously attended a study event but do register your interest and we can look to add another date.

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Study visit review: London group study day

Our practical session was centred on ideas generation and how to generate multiple visual experiments from a single starting point. Taking a crumpled piece of A4 paper as our subject, we first drew its form, then experimented with scale and composition.

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