Igniting your creative spark with Charlotte Keatley (dates to be confirmed)
Sunday 29th October - Sunday 5th November 2023
Creative writing course with Charlotte Keatley
29th October to 5th November (dates to be confirmed)
After getting to know the wonderful vibrant and highly successful playwright Charlotte Keatley we are so pleased that she will be joining us next autumn for her first retreat at Las Chimeneas, Unlocking your Creative Spark.
This week will help you to find the story you really want to write, and your unique way of telling it. This course will unlock your creativity through games and strategies designed to banish fear and build confidence. Yes, we are all storytellers, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can access your true voice.
Each day we will start as a group, doing fun exercises to produce material and explore ways of creating. Then there will be time for your own writing, followed by sharing aloud (not compulsory) and group or one-to-one feedback.
You’ll learn new ways to generate ideas, and explore their potential as a story, poem, song or script. Sometimes when you get stuck it’s because you haven’t found the right medium for your material.
You’ll find how to develop character, structure, dialogue, beginnings and endings, by working together on our feet. And learn how to edit your own work, and share the process of re-writing for mutual support.
The Alpujarras have a particular character, so we’ll see what happens if you write in an olive grove, by a stream, by a roaring log fire, or under a starlit sky. Our environment hugely affects the way we use words, and receive them, and you can draw on this to help you.
The emphasis of the course will be on playing and experimenting, enabling you to get to the heart of what you want to write, and to trust your intuitive decisions.
You'll come away with new pieces of writing and a tool box for when you're stuck.
All levels of experience welcome, from starting out to experienced writers.
About Charlotte Keatley
Charlotte is best known for her landmark play “My Mother Said I Never Should”, produced in 31 countries, which influenced a new generation of theatre makers. She has written award winning plays, poetry, short stories, travel writing, journalism, film and songs.
Alongside this, Charlotte has evolved ways to encourage and enable creative writing, and bypass the internal critic that can inhibit us from writing our most original stories and ideas.
Across 30 years she has run creative writing workshops for all ages, working in venues from the National Theatre to a bombed school in Sarajevo, Burnley primary school to Harvard University, Shanghai Academy to a cave on Crete.
Her plays are published by Methuen.
You can read more about her work at her website here
Please contact David & Emma at Las Chimeneas for all bookings and information on recommended flights and transfer times on email@example.com
- Airport transfer (single timed for group minibus)
- Buffet breakfast, light lunch, three course evening meal
- Three activities - eg. olive oil mill visit with chat about local olive oil production, visit to ancient mosque/ church with talk on local history and overlapping cultures, short cookery class with our Chimeneas chefs Sole and Conchi or visit to Lola’s weaving and spinning workshop (to be decided with group leaders)
- All tuition / use of studio, equipment etc
- Extra excursions can be booked and paid for locally eg massage, longer cookery classes, guided electric mountain bike tour, group guided visit to Almeria or Granada
€860 per twin/double room at main site Las Chimeneas per person sharing.
€930 per single room at village cottage
€1050 per single room use of double room at main site Las Chimeneas.
Excluded: Flights, travel insurance. Please confirm you have your own adequate personal travel insurance. Massages. Alcohol and soft drinks.
Transfers: Please contact us to discuss our recommendations for your flight requirements.
Normally a group transfer by minibus is offered at 2pm from Malaga airport to Mairena on arrival day
Drop off on departure day will be at Malaga airport at midday for afternoon flights.
Of course, the option of an extra day before or after in the vibrant city of Malaga is a great option if you can't find flights that dovetail with these transfer times
Making your own way
By car: We are at Las Chimeneas, Calle Amargura 4, Mairena, 18494, Granada. Spain. 2.5 hrs from Malaga and Granada airports. 1.5 hrs from Almeria.