Creative writing courses
If you want to get your creative writing juices flowing, what could be more inspiring than spending a few days honing word skills in sunny southern Spain?
Run by experienced, award-winning writers who delight in helping others to find their voice, develop ideas and explore new creative paths, these courses offer a stimulating yet nurturing environment where you will find the peace and space to write, while also enjoying expert tuition and mentoring.
Most places which offer creative writing courses here in Andalucia are idyllic countryside spots, tranquil and off the beaten track, surrounded by beautiful scenery. The light in this part of Spain is extraordinary, a rich golden glow which will mesmerise you and sweep you away into a new world as you mull over fully-rounded characters, clever plot twists and poetic flourishes.
With a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and delicious food, all helped along by breathtaking views, these are the ideal situations help those words to flow. Turn off the TV, put away your phone and tablet - just concentrate on the here and now.
The courses may run at any time of year, giving you a range of options according to when you feel most comfortable in your Spanish writing experience: spring, which is pleasantly warm; summer - hot with those long balmy summer evenings; or autumn, winter, mild and sometimes wet.
In some locations, you can choose from either one-week workshops, focused in a particular skill, such as writing poetry or keeping a journal, or else a two-week retreat in the company of your fellow writers. Here you can concentrate on your own writing, or join in with group sessions, as well as getting personal feedback at one-to-one sessions. Some writers also offer mindful meditation in addition.
Also included may be excursions to discover the local area, especially the natural surroundings. Walking in the fresh air and sunshine, stopping to admire the view, and appreciate flora and fauna which is new, will fill your head with new possibilities.