Writing in the House of Dreams, with Jenny Alexander
Friday 25 to Sunday 27 October, Stone Barn
Writers have to learn to come and go freely across the border between the focused, conscious, intentional mind and the open, relaxed, receptive dreaming mind of the ‘writer’s trance’. A lot of writers struggle with this, and can go through painful periods of feeling blocked or cut off from their creative source.
In this unique residential writing workshop, we’ll be exploring the mental attitudes and practical techniques that creative dreamers use to develop competence and confidence in their nighttime dreams, and discovering how those can work just as well for writers in their ‘dreaming awake.’
We will begin with an introductory session including preparation for dream recalling on the Friday evening, and the morning workshops will open with brief dream sharing and discussion, leading into the writing sessions.
The workshop is suitable for everyone who loves writing, from complete beginners to published authors, in any genre, and anyone who wants to experience more of their dreams.
No previous experience of either writing or dream recalling will be needed – just a notepad and pen and a sense of adventure.
There are 4 residential spaces in Glebe farm (single rooms) and 8 additional spaces, either with more modest, cabin-style accommodation in the Stone Barn(*) , or non residential. Supper for all participants will be served in Glebe Farm.
(*) The ‘cabins’ in the Stone Barn each have two bunk beds, but will be allocated for single occupancy only. The cabins are set within a larger dormitory, but offer basic privacy.
Non-residential (supper included): £140,
Residential in Stone Barn (accommodation on Friday & Saturday night): £175.
Residential in Glebe Farm (accommodation on Friday & Saturday night): £200.
Jenny Alexander has written scores of fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults, and run writing workshops, both independently and for major organisations such as the Society of Authors and Writing Magazine. She has worked creatively with her own dreams and studied dreaming for more than four decades, using this practice to guide her work. She started teaching creative dreaming for writers about ten years ago.