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Writing workshop with Joe Minihane

25 & 26 September | 1 day workshop

Do you love nature writing and the outdoors?

Are you looking to improve your writing skills and develop new techniques, as well as have an outdoor adventure?

Whether you’re a keen writer or just searching for help and inspiration, our writing workshop could be for you…

Two nights with a one day writing workshop.

£95pp, two-nights accomodation in addition.
Non resident guests of the hotel are welcome to join the workshop.
Contact our team to find our more and to book.

Joe Minihane

Adventure and travel journalist, Joe Minihane, will take you on a writing journey from the water’s edge into the library at Another Place. Joe is the author of Floating, a memoir about wild swimming, anxiety and friendship, while his travel writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Lonely Planet and CNN Travel. Joe will discuss how water and nature can spark memories, making your non-fiction writing succinct and powerful.


25 & 26 September

Day one

3pm: Arrive and check in

Evening: Dinner to be booked by guest

Day two

8am: Swim in Ullswater with Joe and renowned cold water swimming expert, Colin Hill. This will be a chance for guests to take in their surroundings and consider what they might like to write about.

9.30am: Breakfast in Rampsbeck Restaurant

10.30am: Writing workshop starts in the library. We’ll spend an hour discussing how to turn the notes and ideas from the morning’s swim into a piece of writing. This will include looking at writing about swimming and nature by authors including Roger Deakin, Jessica J Lee and Nina Mingya Powles

Joe will supply copies of the material to guests before they arrive, but the library will have copies also. We’ll discuss how water and nature can spark memories and lead into explorations about experiences that are seemingly unrelated to swimming. There will be the opportunity to consider sentence structure and how to make work succinct and powerful, and how we can use the specifics of nature to delve into bigger themes.

11:30am: Take a break to explore the grounds and write about the morning’s swim and encounters with nature around the lake, using skills learned in the workshop

1pm: Lunch in The Living Space

From 2pm: Opportunities for individual tutorials. Writers can bring work they have already been working on or work they have produced during the day which Joe will be able to give guidance on.

5pm: Gather in the library to share what’s been written guests can choose whether they want to share but there is no obligation.

7pm: Dinner to be booked by guest

8pm: Option to join the night swim in Ullswater with Colin Hill. Depending on the date this could be a stargazing swim or full moon swim. To be booked by guest.

Swimming instructor Colin Hill
The hotel library designed by Household Design
SUP on Ullswater

Day three

From 7.30am: Breakfast in Rampsbeck Restaurant

Morning sports or treatment arranged by guest

11am: Check out

To find out more and book you place contact our reservations team