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Two-Day Foundation Course

A 2-day/3-night residential course at various locations. For writers seeking inspiration but short on time. 

A packed, two-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 remote and beautiful place.

Hone your writing and enrich your understanding of the power of language and storytelling.
An introductory session takes place on the first evening. The next night, tutors read from their own work. The final evening 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 fee: £1,900

£1,150 self-funded/freelance.



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Bookings & Travel

2019 BOOK

Loop-de-loop ...

"Since my induction as a Dark Angel … I have blogged every week, written poetry every day and researched a war-time travelogue.  My new-found wings want to spread wide and it's such a thrill doing loop-de-loop with my words!"

Faye Sharpe, Maraposa Ltd

Venue & facilities

Deep in wild moorland at the heart of the Northumberland National Park, Highgreen Manor is the comfortable and atmospheric family home of William and Cynthia Morrison-Bell. A Grade 2 listed building, the house is a Scottish baronial extravaganza built in 1894 for Charles William Bell, a Durham mine owner.

Open fireplaces, homely bedrooms and home-cooked food in elegant but relaxed surroundings are all features of our visits to Highgreen, which sits at the centre of a 5,000-acre upland farming estate.

William and Cynthia are gradually restoring the surrounding farm buildings to house new enterprises and since 2000, Highgreen has been home to Visual Art in Rural Communities. This funds a yearly residency for visual artists as well special arts projects involving the local community.


Getting there

Most people travel to Newcastle by train and we arrange a transfer to Highgreen from the station (about an hour). If you are driving, follow this link for directions.