Weekend Courses

There are a wide variety of interesting courses available including writing with acclaimed authors, yoga weekends, life coaching, photography and much more as well as Christmas and New Year breaks.

 

Fri 13 - Sun 15 Mar 2020 (2 nights)

At a glance

Always wanted to write your life story but didn’t know where to start? This course will lead you in a series of fun and interesting life-writing tasks. From your earliest memories, those tales of your school days and siblings, pets and pursuits, through the rites of passage, work and marriage: you will be able to tell about the triumphs and the tragedies on your personal timeline, and see the whole story laid out as a screenwriter might plot the film or a novelist plan the book. All the sights, sounds and smells of your childhood will be conjured up, while you play with the characters of your real-life friends or foes, as well as practising technical skills around writing in past and present tense, first or third person.

Working in prose, poetry or script, whichever you prefer, we’ll even explore where you got your name from, and experiment with ideas you may have come from dreams. Our discussions will include possible avenues of publication and routes to readership, and Alison will be able to offer individual advice on your writing during the course. This creative writing class is likely to touch on memories which may be painful: you won’t have to read aloud unless you are happy to.

The activities are designed to be comfortable and enjoyable, and will allow you to produce first drafts of short stories, articles, poems or scripts; with the potential to develop a full-length memoir or semi-autobiographical novel based on the story of your life.

About

Skyros attracts mostly solo travellers from all over the world. Although all ages are represented, approximately 70% are between 35 and 65. The Grange is a stunning Georgian country house, surrounded by greenery and close to Shanklin's sandy beach, cosy pubs and restaurants and the local train station.

Accommodation

Choose to stay at The Grange in a twin shared or single occupancy room on a B&B basis for Friday and Saturday night. Or simply take part in the course if you live locally.

Inspiring Courses

Your course weekend includes six hours of tuition across two days. This leaves plenty of time to explore the island on coastline walks or enjoy health and beauty treatments (book these in advance).

Food & Drink

Join us for the three course Friday night dinner, tailored to dietary requirements, for £20. If you choose to stay with us breakfast is included. On Saturday, guests tend to like to eat out together locally. A light lunch is provided on Sunday.

Guide Itinerary

Friday
16.00: Arrivals
19.30: Dinner (if booked)
21.00: Welcome

Saturday
08.00 to 10.00: Breakfast
10.30 to 12.30: Course
17.00 to 19.00: Course

Sunday
08.00 to 10.00: Breakfast

10.30 to 12.30: Course
13.00: Lunch​

Average Temperature

As with much of the UK weather is changeable - although the Isle of Wight does boast a micro-climate and is one of the sunniest places to visit. Fingers crossed for good weather!

Summary

Cost
£100.00
Location
The Grange

What's included?

  • Six hours of course time across two days
  • A light lunch on Sunday
  • Accommodation is chosen separately
  • Dinner on Friday evening is £20
 

What's On

Travel

Book a return rail ticket to Shanklin via Portsmouth and your ticket will include crossing the Solent by FastCat. At Shanklin station, take a cab for the 3-minute journey to The Grange in Eastcliff Road.

If you decide to drive then book your crossing online with Wightlink or Red Funnel Ferries. Call to check in case of discount codes.

There are several ways to get in touch, and we'd love to hear from you…

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 867644

Email: info@thegrangebythesea.com

Membership