InTents Workshop : September 18th & 19th September

Ways with words

We’re excited to announce a late summer wordy workshop weekend in the tranquil surroundings of Yomer woods. Join us for a weekend of creativity among the trees where you will write poetry and song and create a wordy artwork. Camp in our lovely grounds, or attend daily and experience a mixture of tutored sessions with experienced teachers and free time to develop your skills, mix and mingle or just enjoy the woods and the stunning North Devon coastal scenery.

No experience is required, just a desire to explore and play with words in a supportive atmosphere, meet new people and have a holiday with a difference.  Whatever you want to use words for – to reflect, to clarify, to entertain or just to play – our weekend in the woods will help you find your voice.

How the weekend will run…

If you are planning to camp, Friday evening will be free for you to settle in.  There is a lovely covered firepit where you can cook your first night’s supper, or you could set up camp and then wander down to the bay for a paddle and to the village pub for supper?

Saturday Morning 10.00 – 12.00: After your breakfast – we can provide a breakfast box if required – you will join tutor Bella at the writing hut in the beech woods to create some poetry.  Your first workshop will use your own life experience, pen and paper and a few basic principles to help you to craft a poem you can be proud of. Absolutely no creative writing experience is necessary, just a willingness to go with the flow and follow some simple exercises. You will be surprised by what you have to say and how well you can say it.   Refreshments will be provided.

Lunch 12.00 – 1.30pm : For lunch you have the option of having delivered a delicious picnic box from local award winning food heroes SeaDog  Alternatively, you can make your own meal arrangements and wander off to stretch your legs.

Saturday Afternoon 1.30 – 3.30: For your second workshop, join musician, composer and teacher Joe Steer to explore turning your words into song.  Joe will guide you through the basics of song-writing using some common chord sequences alongside simple melodies.  No musical experience is necessary but do bring your own instruments if you like. Joe will provide some ukuleles and can magically turn even the most musically nervous into competent and confident players in a fun and safe environment.  You are welcome to borrow a ukulele for the rest of the weekend, so you can continue working on your musical composition.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.  You can go off and practise the uke, go for a swim, eat at the pub or build up the bonfire for supper and some evening fireside chat and maybe song?  In case of poor weather, an indoor space will also be available, perhaps to continue to develop your writing or just to chat and relax. 

Sunday Morning 11.00am – 1.00pm :  A Sunday-friendly later start – a breakfast box can again be ordered – will see us regroup at the writer’s hut to join our third tutor, Clare, artist, crafter and teacher.  Clare will guide you through using cut paper collage to bring your words to life on the page so that you finish the weekend with a beautiful artwork of your creative efforts to take away with you.  It will be a lovely relaxing morning and refreshments will again be provided of course.

Sunday Lunch 1.20 – 3.00 :  To end the weekend, we will provide a BBQ lunch around the campfire to give everyone the opportunity to share their writing and artworks, celebrate their work or just chat and say our goodbyes before we pack up and head home with some great memories.

Your tutors for the weekend!


Bella is a retired midwifery lecturer of many years experience, who has used poetry and creative writing both with her midwifery students and with community groups for a number of years. She is a published poet and a past prizewinner in the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Initiative. 


Joe graduated from the University of Keele in 2002 with a degree in Music and Computer Science.  After University he moved to London and worked as an audio engineer at a television production company in Soho.  From there he started getting his own music placed on screen.  His music (often under the moniker ‘Broadcast 2000’) can be heard in 100s of TV/radio shows and commercials globally.  With his band he toured Europe and the USA, with performances at Glastonbury Festival and South by Southwest in Texas, amongst others. Since moving to North Devon 8 years ago Joe has also worked as a peripatetic music teacher, teaching guitar and ukulele in local schools.  Recently Joe founded the local community music group ‘The Ukulele Orchestra of North Devon’.


Clare has taught art for many years in primary schools and in workshops for both adults and children and collaborated on numerous projects with Arts organisations and groups such as Beaford Arts and the National Trust.    She is a prodigious crafter rarely taking a break from patchwork, crochet, and felting in her few spare hours.  She modestly credits Pinterest for most of her ideas, but it is merely a jumping off point for her creations! 

The weekend will cost £150 to include all tutoring, course materials, refreshments and lunch on the Sunday. Camping and Seadog picnic lunch are optional extras. If you think you would like to join us or want to know more please email , call Kate on 07554 800413 or see the Workshops page on our website for further information.