The Dark Angels programme is a series of residential writing courses tutored by John Simmons, Stuart Delves and Jamie Jauncey at different locations throughout the UK and Europe. Started in 2004, at Totleigh Barton in Devon, these highly successful courses look at how to use words more engagingly and imaginatively within the business environment.
Highgreen Manor, Northumberland
6 – 9 April 2016
Loughcrew House, Co Meath
19 – 22 October 2016
Places available on both
Full Foundation Course:
Moniack Mhor, Inverness-shire
31 October – 5 November 2016
Finca el Tornero de Abajo, Andalucia, Spain
15 – 20 September 2016
NEW!! Taster Days:
Strawberry Hill House, London
10 March (fully booked), 19 May, 23 September and 18 November 2016
Tweeddale Court, Edinburgh
18 March, 14 April (both fully booked) and 10 June 2016
See Foundation Courses for details.
Who is Dark Angels for?
Dark Angels is for anyone whose job involves
writing. Communications, brand management, corporate affairs, marketing,
general management, and many areas of management and creative consultancy – these are all typical
areas of work for Dark Angels students. Others are freelance business writers.
Dark Angels students have come from organisations including: Arts Council of Wales, Bang & Olufsen, Barclays, The BBC, BP, British Airways, Carlsberg Breweries, Clore Leadership Programme, Corporate Culture, Elmwood, The Environment Council, Granada Media, Innocent, Interbrand, Lever Faberge, Mazars, National Library of Wales, O2, Penguin Books, QI, Royal Society of Arts, Scottish Arts Council, Sotheby's Europe, Swiss Reinsurance, Three.
We also run bespoke Dark Angels courses for companies and organisations.
Our 10th birthday party
In April 2014 we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a dinner at the Goldsmith's Centre in London, attended by 70 former Dark Angels students. The guest speaker was Peter Day of Radio 4's In Business programme and a very jolly time was had by all.
In a surprise presentation at the end of the evening, John, Stuart and Jamie each received a copy of The Angel's Share, a specially designed, leather-bound book of writing and photos from all the courses. Glasses were raised, witticisms exchanged and tears shed.
A little Dark Angels wisdom!
Room 121 takes the form of a dialogue between John and Jamie (with a foreword by Stuart) – a real masterclass in business writing and communication.
"Every member of the Scottish civil service should be given a copy."
– Sunday Herald
BBC Radio Scotland: Business Scotland
BBC Radio 4: In Business
Scotland on Sunday
The Secret Archaeologist
Tales From A Small Island
The Penguin Blog
Writers' & Artists' Blog
John and Jamie give a workshop at the Sigtuna Literature Festival, Sweden
Alberto German, Sculptor, filmed by members of the 2012 Advanced Course, Aracena
A Dark Angels pechakucha
A Few Kind Words
Dark Angels on Twitter