De Hoop Collection is delighted to announce that it is hosting a Creative Writing residency – Writing Life – Writing Experience with the celebrated author Lesley Beake from Sunday 11 to Wednesday 14 July 2021.
“I named this residency after what I do – Writing Life. The inspirations are everywhere, all around us, and the desire to write is universal. And in the tranquil surroundings of the magnificent De Hoop Nature Reserve where we are surrounded by glorious nature and pristine landscapes, the inspiration is right there on our doorstep”, says Lesley.
The two-day residency will cover the basics of good writing – it will show you how to get the words down and get them to ‘dance to the right tune’. These words – atmosphere – ambience – sensuality – empathy – are key to developing a strong writing style. It will have you writing from the heart – with all the inevitable obstacles, distractions, difficulties, and occasional triumphs that come with that, and the considered use of these four elements – colour – light – music – texture will enrich as well as inform your work. It will not only teach you how to write well and what is required to be a writer it will also make you smile – ultimately it will be about having fun with writing while maintaining a dedication to excellence, which is what makes a good story great.
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“There are two things I’d like you to know before you start”, says Lesley. “One – writing isn’t about beginning the great novel. It can be a small fragment of memory – and be beautiful. And two – writing can be about the very small, meaningful moments, as well as the great events in life.”
The Writing Life – Writing Experience Residency at De Hoop Collection
- Dates: Sunday 11 to Wednesday 14 July 2021 (three nights)
- Price: from R3 945 per person sharing an equipped Cottage to R6 225 per person in an Opstal Suite
- Full board – three nights’ accommodation at either an equipped Cottage or an Opstal Suite
- All meals: 3x dinner, 3x breakfast and 2x lunch (excluding drinks)
- Writing workshop fees
T & C’s apply. The Writing Life – Writing Experience Bookings: Samantha Jooste – email@example.com
In keeping with protocols regarding the Coronavirus, De Hoop Collection adheres to all stringent health and safety cleaning protocols – the safety of their guests and staff being of the highest priority.
About Lesley Beake – Lesley Beake has been involved with writing and editing children’s stories for thirty-five years and has published over 85 books. All her stories are set in Africa and are rich in African imagery and landscape. They vary from picture books for the very young, to novels for teenagers, with a good spread of stories for all ages in between. Much of her work involves writing for readers who are reading in English as their second, third, or even fourth language. The challenge of corresponding a reading level with an interest level is helped by her background in primary school teaching and in teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Middle East for the British Council.
Lesley also has a wide portfolio of other writing, including travel writing, broadcasting and website work. She has edited three southern African travel magazines and four websites on wildly varied topics. Her books have been translated into numerous languages, worldwide and in Africa, and she has received many awards for her books. But the greatest satisfaction comes with meeting the young people who actually read her books – and in typing the last word of the manuscript in hand. For more information on Lesley please visit: www.lesleybeake.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org