to May 19

Write in Dorset Workshop with Rory MacLean

At the heart of the finest memoir, travel book, biography and family history is a writer’s passion. Here is your chance to explore your passions, obsessions or memories and to develop your work in a supportive and inspiring environment. 

In 2019 Rory MacLean will be hosting two small, intimate, weekend writing workshops in one of the most beautiful corners of England.

Over the weekend, through tutorials, discussions and exercises, Rory will offer detailed advice on motivation, starting points, structure, character and description of place, exploring the transformation of experience — our own and others’ — into stories, articles and books. We’lll underline the importance of writing from the heart to fill your creative work with feeling and excitement. Also each participant will have a one-to-one discussion with me to address individual concerns and help to draw out specific skills. 

To make the most of the weekend the group will be kept small, and hence be suitable both for writers starting out and those working towards publication, so early booking is recommended.

@WriteInDorset Workshops will be held on 18/19 May and 28/29 September 2019. Includes delicious light lunches from local produce as well as teas / coffees.

The fee for the workshop is £275, with a special early bird offer of £245 if full payment is received by 28 February / 30 June 2019. Otherwise, a £100 deposit is required to secure a place.

Over the last 25 years Rory has tutored dozens of writing workshops at the Arvon Foundation, Scotland’s Moniack Mhor and the Ty Newydd National Writers’ Centre of Wales as well as in London, Berlin, Paris and Dublin. Past participants have successfully written and publish books and innumerable articles.

Rory also co-tutor with Nick Danziger an annual Monaco Creative Writing and Photography Workshop to be held this year from Monday 16th to Friday 20th September 2019. For more details on either workshop, please visit Rory’s website

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Wet Plate Collodion Workshop with Simon Sandys *SOLD OUT*


Wet plate Photography Workshops with Simon Sandys

Ever wanted to take your photography further? Frustrated of just seeing images on your phone or on a screen and not able to produce prints? Maybe you are a seasoned photographer who shoots digital but want to try something with a bit more soul? Or maybe you have never touched a camera in your life and just fancy learning about the history of photography and getting your hands dirty?

This workshop is for all of you!

Wet plate collodion is one of the earliest photographic processes, dating back to the 1850’s, it represented a radical move forward both technologically and in the ability to capture an image and hold it for perpertuity on glass or tin. Imagine seeing an image appear hauntingly before your eyes under red safelight, like a 19th Century polaroid and you are approaching the magic of this process.

In this workshop you will immerse yourself in the technology of the 1850’s and using large format cameras you will be taught how to prepare plates, shoot on a large format camera, work with natural light and develop tintype and glass plate ‘Ambrotype’s’ in a makeshift darkroom.

We will begin with a brief step back in history to explain how this process came about and then dive straight in with a hands on demonstration of how to pour your first plate.

Using available light and a large format camera you will then team up with your fellow students to take portraits or still life images, which will be developed in the darkroom before your very eyes. You will learn skills of assessing light to expose your images correctly as well as all the necessary steps involved in this process.

This is an intense day of image making, where you will be introduced you to many new skills and a new discipline for image making. Rounding up the day we will look at our images and review the days plates, discussing the joy and challenges of wet plate image making.

The workshop is suitable for both beginners, non photographers and established photographers and if you thought you had your conventional photographic technique mastered, this may well add a few extra skills to your bow.

You will have your own piece of art to take home and treasure.

Places are strictly limited to 6 and priced at £ 75 per person for the day. This includes all tuition, materials, chemistry, equipment and plates.

email to reserve a space.



** We will be releasing more dates later in the year so please email to be notified of new dates**

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