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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.

Reserve your place

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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Bookings & Travel

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

Nonquitt House

On the southern tip of Apponagansett Bay, our nine bedroom house at Nonquit is quintessential New England. It's pristine, quirky, and secluded -- built in 1873. It's an ideal spot for a writing workshop. It's right on the water, and about a five minute drive to the village of Padanaram and its shops, restaurants, and cafes. The house is four hours from New York City, ninety minutes from Boston, fifty minutes from Providence, and about 40 minutes to Cape Cod. A classic New England cottage in the land of Louisa May Alcott, Dickinson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Melville.

"I like good strong words that mean something," wrote the American writer Alcott, who owned a summer home in Nonquitt.


Getting there

By car, the Nonquitt House is four-and-a-half hours from New York City, ninety minutes from Boston, and about fifty minutes from Providence. Flying into Providence will ease the travel burden by a great deal. Note: the Providence airport is a few miles outside of Providence.

Directions to Nonquitt, South Dartmouth, MA

Driving from New York City 

Driving from Boston

Driving from Providence, RI (T.F. Green Airport.

Mega Bus from New York City to Dartmouth

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