IMBOLC – time to spring-clean creativity

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I have always celebrated Imbolc (Imbolg) on the first days of February as a way of marking the end of winter (although the weather might be saying otherwise!) Imbolc is one of the four Gaelic Fire Festivals of the Pagan year celebrated annually on the first day of February. Astronomically however Imbolc often occurs a […]

A Christmas Gift with Meaning

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EARLY BIRD OFFER £65 – The perfect Xmas Gift!  Why not give a loved one a very special experience for Christmas and treat them to our Into The Light Imbolc Retreat? I have found that in recent times the gifts that mean the most to me are the ones that are based on experiences rather than things. There […]


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PICTURE THIS! SCHOLARSHIP As writers ourselves, we know how hard it can be to combine writing, with studying or making a living, so we are offering one scholarship of 1000 NOK for our weekend writing course PICTURE THIS! on 18th & 19th November in Litteraturhuset, Bergen. The Picture This! Scholarship will be awarded to either a full time student, or an […]


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WRITE YOUR OWN SHORT STORY INSPIRED BY A WORK OF ART IN BERGEN’S KODE 4 ART MUSEUM  We are so looking forward to Noelle Harrison’s forthcoming creative writing weekend workshop hosted by Skrivekunstkollektivet in collaboration with Aurora Writers Retreats in Bergen in Norway on 18th & 19th November in Litteraturhuset. This two-day workshop focuses on the craft of short story writing using […]

Final deadline: February 16th

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The final deadline to apply to the 2017 First Days of Spring retreat is midnight GMT on Thursday, February 16th. Please apply here. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Writing about place: Melody Nixon in Sicily

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Last summer our tutor and co-facilitator Melody Nixon took part in an arts residency in Sicily, Italy. She used the experience as fuel for a travel essay that explores history, food, and art making: “Four of us are here, in mid-Sicily, waiting for something that will lead us to make art. The life of Akrai […]


Noelle Harrison Writes—Like a Runner

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Our First Days of Spring workshop tutor Noelle Harrison wrote this weekend about her novel-writing process, how it’s a lot like training for a marathon, and why so many writers give up: “Over the years, I have come across so many gifted writers who have started their books with a blaze of enthusiasm only to […]


Get to know our tutors: Melody Nixon in dialog with Margo Jefferson

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For our workshop leader and retreat co-facilitator Melody Nixon, one of the best ways to learn more about writing is to talk with other writers. To mark today’s inauguration day in the US, here she is in dialog with the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Autobiography, Margo Jefferson:   Melody Nixon: What is the role […]


Get to know our tutors: Noelle Harrison on Landscape as Metaphor

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Our workshop leader and retreat co-facilitator Noelle Harrison is no stranger to impactful landscapes. She has lived and written in rural Ireland, Scandinavia, Italy, the Camargue in the south of France, and Scotland. For she explores the power of landscape, and how it infuses her novels with imagery and metaphor.  “For me the setting of a book […]