Creative writing experience at De Hoop


De Hoop Collection will host a creative writing residency, Writing Life – Writing Experience with the celebrated author Lesley Beake from Sunday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 14, 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 Beake.

The four-day (three nights) 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”. The words atmosphere,  ambience, sensuality, and 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. The considered use of the four elements colour, light, music, and 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.

“There are two things I’d like you to know before you begin,” says Beake.  “One: writing isn’t about beginning the great novel. It can be a small fragment of memory – and it can be beautiful; and two: writing can be about the very small, meaningful moments, as well as the great events in life.”

The package includes the workshop fees, full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and three nights’ accommodation at either an equipped cottage (from R3 945 per person sharing) or an Opstal suite (R6 225 per person). Drinks are excluded, Ts & Cs apply. To book, email Samantha Jooste at [email protected]

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