Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Inspiring Writing Workshop at Pencarrow, Cornwall

The creative highlight of last week was attending a writing workshop on Sunday held on the beautiful Pencarrow estate in Cornwall. I regret that I didn't take any photos to show you of the grounds that included a mix of woodland, neatly kept period gardens, a dramatic giant stone garden and more.  However, if you're interested in learning more visit the Pencarrow website .

The workshop was led by the lovely & talented poet Helen Jagger Wood who I've had the pleasure of working with before. Being based in the old servants hall and welcomed by roaming peacocks I was immediately charmed and inspired by my surroundings. Armed with our notebooks and pens, a group of ten of us explored the estates historic and natural beauty. We focused on writing Haiku and short poetry and ended by creating group poems from our collective notes. It was a pleasure to spend time with a group of interesting writers and we all left with reams of notes and ideas.

I was especially pleased that we explored writing Haiku because I've recently been writing Haiku & Senryu and was keen to learn more. If  you'd like to learn more about writing Haiku, Senryu, Tanka or creating Haiga then  this page on the Akita International Haiku Network website provides a good basic explanation of these forms.

What or who has inspired you this week?



  1. Wow - looks amazing!
    Tell us a haiku!
    m xx

  2. How wonderful to be able to attend a workshop in such a setting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That looks lovely, and sounds very inspiring. A recent trip to Belgium got my creative juices flowing :o)

  4. Megan - I may reveal a Haiku or two soon. Watch this space...Lol.

    Christine - yes it was a wonderful location & I'd love to do another course there. Apparently there may be more next year.

    Karen - Belgium sounds very wonderful & inspiring.


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