The (Virtual) Poetry Retreat in October Half Term

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This five day virtual poetry retreat will help you to write, think, connect and express yourself, both as a writer and as a teacher.

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You will be able to join in with as much or as little as you like, and all sessions will be recorded, so you can access them later. Live is, of course, better, as you can then connect with others in our writing community.

Our retreat runs from Monday 26th to Friday 30th October, and has three main elements.

Each day contains two hours of poetry retreat activities, led by Jonny Walker. These are designed to build your confidence to write, to think differently, to focus on small and significant details, and to enjoy the playfulness of toying with language. Jonny will be joined by a guest poet on Wednesday and a headteacher on Friday.

Each day also contains an hour and a half workshop led by Ross Young and Felicity Ferguson, from the Writing for Pleasure Centre. Their five ‘Living the Writer Teacher Life’ sessions explore ways in which we can create a genuine community of writers in our classrooms.

And as a little extra, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, we are offering a very relaxed and leisurely ‘Open Mic’ space online, where we can chat, share our writing, develop our ideas and idle away our time with tea and (cyber)biscuits.

The session overview can be found below - you are welcome to attend all sessions, but are not obliged to do so; each of them is standalone.

All you will need is a stable internet connection, the ability to get onto Zoom, some paper to write on, some pens and a bit of time.

In total then, this gives you the chance to access nearly 20 hours of time just for you - time to think, time to reflect, time to laugh and time to write.

We cannot wait to build a writers' community with you.

The Week

Ross and Felicity’s ‘Living the Writer Teacher Life’ Workshops - 10:30- 12:00

Jonny’s 'Poetry Retreat’ sessions - 13:00 - 15:00

The Writers’ Lounge - 21:00 - 22:00 (Tues, Thurs and Fri)

Day One - Monday 26th October

10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Teaching the Writing Process

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: Opening Ourselves To Poetry

Day Two - Tuesday 27th October

10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Using your own writing as a mini-lesson

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: Seeing Things Differently

21:00 - 22:00 - The Writers’ Lounge and Open Mic

Day Three - Wednesday 28th October

10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Sharing mentor texts

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: The anecdote as a poetic seed (with Adisa the Verbalizer)

Day Four - Thursday 29th October

10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Read, Share, Think and Talk About Writing in Class

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: Rhyme, Rhythm, Structure and Freedom

21:00 - 22:00 - The Writers’ Lounge and Open Mic

Day Five - Friday 30th October

10:30 - 12:00 - Teaching Writing: Create a community of writers

13:00 - 15:00 - Poetry Retreat: Nature, People, The World Outside

21:00 - 22:00 - The Final Writers’ Lounge and Open Mic

Who is doing this?

Jonny Walker is the Director of OtherWise Education. He runs poetry retreats for children alongside the poet, Adisa the Verbaliser. Jonny is a primary teacher and education writer based in East London, currently writing a book with Michael Rosen, all about how to teaching poetry using the videos on his Youtube Channel.

Ross Young and Felicity Ferguson are the writing experts behind @WritingRocks_17. They are the authors of 'Real World Writers' (Routledge) and the founders of the Writing for Pleasure Centre. They are national council members for the UK Literacy Association, where they also convene the Teaching Writing Special Interest Group.

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