Kestle Barton 2020

Kestle Barton 2020

We had a wonderful time in Kestle Barton just before lockdown. I will run this course again as soon as it becomes possible.

Life writing with Cathy Rentzenbrink in beautiful Frenchman’s Creek

Have you got a story to tell? Perhaps you don’t know how or where to start, or you may have written quite a lot and have questions about shape and structure. You might be worrying about what to do concerning the real people in your book or you might simply be struggling to carve out time to write in your busy life.

Whatever your aspirations and dilemmas you will be well served by this residential course in the beautiful Cornish countryside run by acclaimed memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink and with a mid-week visit from comic genius Nina Stibbe. You’ll explore your material and learn technical skills in the daily workshops, will have a one-to-one tutorial with Cathy, and will have plenty of time both to write and to relax.

Whether your goal is to publish, to share a story with friends or family, or to embrace the joy of learning new things, this friendly and stimulating course will fill you up with inspiration and motivation and will send you off feeling refreshed and invigorated with a plan of how to carry on.

Your tutor:

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love, a Sunday Times bestseller which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize and the Portico Prize, and A Manual for Heartache. Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Bookswill be published by Picador in 2020. Cathy presents The Bookseller podcast and reviews books for The Times. She works as a teacher and mentor and her absolute favourite thing about her rich and varied writing life is helping others to tell their own stories.

Your guest author:

Nina Stibbe will join us for the evening on Tuesday

Nina Stibbe is the author of Love, Nina – a memoir in letters – which was the winner of the Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award at the National Book Awards 2014 and was adapted by Nick Hornby for BBC television. Her novels Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge were both adapted for serialisation on BBC Radio 4, and both shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. Her latest novel, Reasons to be Cheerful, was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.  Memoir writing and ‘autofiction’ are subjects she talks about frequently at book festivals across the land

When and where: If you are coming by train, the nearest station is Redruth and Cathy will organise transport for you on to Kestle Barton. Kestle Barton is an ancient farmstead above Frenchman’s Creek in West Cornwall. You can read more about the place here.

Costs: Cost range from £600 to £950 depending on which bedrooms you choose. Some are luxurious en-suites, others are modest twins. The cost includes all tuition, food, and any transport from Redruth.

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