The Courses

We hold courses in different places around the world, run by different people, for different lengths of time. But they all have some important things in common.

They are always…

  • adventurous, taking writers into new, unexplored territory, stretching them, expanding their notions of what they can achieve.
  • led by at least two tutors, each of whom is committed to our purpose, is an outstanding writer, and is skilled at bringing out the writer in others.
  • held in a location we have chosen for a creative purpose. It’s important that we connect our writers and their writing with a sense of place, whether it is a spectacular setting or a quiet retreat.
  • fun. We work people hard, very hard sometimes. We ask them to do seemingly impossible tasks. But it is fun; there is time to chat, laugh, relax.
And our residential courses…
  • allow for plenty of personal reflection and exercises. People have the time and space to discover some profound things about writing and communications.
  • include communal meals. Eating together helps us to share what we’re learning and make new connections.
  • include a personal tutorial. Every writer has an opportunity to discuss their writing in private.
    Taster Days


    Starter Days

    A series of one-day workshops at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham. An introduction to Dark Angels for those who want it, a refresher for those who thirst for it.

    18 March
    10 June
    7 October
    • a safe space to try us out
    • for newcomers or returners
    • full day in London
    • price £475
    Dark Angels Intensive Foundation, Loughcrew House

    2 Day / 3 Night

    Two-Day Foundation

    Residential Foundation course in the intriguing country house Loughcrew in Co. Meath, Republic of Ireland - a beautiful location within easy reach of either Dublin or Belfast. Join us for a special writing retreat in rural Ireland.

    28 April - 1 May
    • a safe space to find your voice
    • choice of dates
    • Wednesday evening to Saturday morning
    • £1,900
    • £1,150 self-funded/freelance

    4 Day / 5 Night

    Four-Day Foundation

    The original Dark Angels course (first held in 2004 at Totleigh Barton, Devon), this longer residential course now takes place at Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, near Inverness in the central Scottish Highlands.

    TBD 2020
    • a safe space to tune up your voice
    • spectacular Scottish Highland location
    • Monday evening to Saturday morning
    • £2,600
    • £1,500 self-funded/freelance

    Three Days

    American Courses

    Both Foundation and Advanced courses will take place (on successive weekends) on the De Anza III, a stunning, wooden motor yacht moored in Seattle's fabulous Ballard neighborhood.

    12-14 / 19-21 June 2020
    • a safe space to find your voice
    • takes place on a 65' yacht moored in Seattle
    • Friday through Sunday
    • $ 2,950
    • $1,950 self-funded/freelance
    • Maximum eight places


    Advanced Course

    This advanced level course builds directly on the work of the Foundation Courses. It is held in a large, comfortable private house with a pool, in the wooded Sierra de Aracena, a national park 100 kilometres north-west of Seville.

    24 - 29 September 2020
    • a safe space to spread your wings
    • Andalucia, Spain
    • Thursday evening to Tuesday morning
    • £2,600
    • £1,700 self-funded/freelance

    Special Invitation


    This challenging course is held every second year at Merton College, one of Oxford’s most ancient colleges, founded in 1264. Attendance is by invitation only for those who have completed the Advanced Course.

    TBD 2020
    • a safe space to blow your trumpet
    • by invitation only
    • Wednesday evening to Saturday morning


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