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American Foundation Course

Three days and four nights on the New England coast. For writers seeking a shot of inspiration.

The second Dark Angels American Foundation Course is a packed, three-day programme of short writing exercises and discussions with time for personal writing. You will draw on your life experience, knowledge of the business world, and inspiration from being in a beautiful place with a rich literary tradition.

Hone your writing and enrich your understanding of the power of language and storytelling.
A brief introductory session takes place on the first evening. The second night, tutors read from their own work. The final night students read from work they’ve done on the course. Tutors also hold half-hour writers' surgeries for each student.

The role of imaginative language and the importance of stories and narrative writing to business writing are central to all Dark Angels courses.

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Course, accommodations, meals.

(A limited number of places will be available, on application, at the special sole trader rate of $1,950.00.)


Richard Pelletier & Jamie Jauncey
Guest writer, TBD

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2018  Oct 5-9 (Fri-Tue) Availability BOOK

"I laughed, I cried, I became a better writer."

"The biggest highlight for me was a rediscovered passion for writing. Yes, I learned tools and perspectives that I can apply back at work. But seeing other writers – masters and word wrights – playing with words and ideas, discussing literature and how words work made quite an impression on me. It changed writing from an intellectual challenge back to an emotional joy.I laughed, I cried, I became a better writer."

- Doug Howatt, Creative Director, Writing Hitachi Vantara

Ricketson's Point House

On the shores of Apponagansett Bay, our seven bedroom house is in the heart of Padanaram Village. This Grand Dame sits on an acre of land and offers wonderful water views from almost every room. The ideal place for a reunion, a getaway or, a writing workshop. Walk to shops and restaurants, or hit the beaches and nature trails. The house is four hours from New York City, ninety minutes from Boston, a half-hour from Providence and about 40 minutes to Cape Cod. A classic New England cottage in the land of Dickinson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Melville.

"I like good strong words that mean something," wrote the American writer Louisa May Alcott, who owned a summer home in Nonquitt, just a stone toss across the water from Ricketson's Point House.

Dark Angels American Foundation Course

Getting there

By car, Ricketson's Point House is four-and-a-half hours from New York City, ninety minutes from Boston and twenty-five minutes from Providence. Flying into Providence will ease the travel burden.

Directions to 36 Elm Street, South Dartmouth, MA

Driving from New York City 

Driving from Boston

Driving from Providence, RI

Mega Bus from New York City to Dartmouth