Creative Writing Workshops

Write reality, live the dream: a residential poetry week With Anne-Marie Fyfe

8 September - 14 September 2013

Anne-Marie Fyfe.jpgPoets have always been dreamers half-in/half-out-of-touch with reality: where better to rediscover your poet’s perspective on the actualité than at The Really Big Dream Company amidst Southern Burgundy’s dream landscape of sweeping hills, woods, lakes, Romanesque churches, chateaux, prehistoric caves and Cluny’s 10th-century abbey.

Between Montmelard & Dompierre-les-Ormes, Les Cerisiers, (‘The Cherry Trees’) a stonewalled house & barn set in rolling farmland offers accommodation, studio/workspace & a contemplative south-facing orchard where you can explore & expand your poetic gift through Anne-Marie Fyfe’s themed creative-writing workshops, and through supportive read-back/feed-back sessions with thoughts/discussions on what’s new & happening in poetry, where to publish & submit, favourite poets, where, what & whom to read…
Your dream is too beautiful for this world. - Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869, b. Macon, Burgundy)

Anne-Marie Fyfe (b. Cushendall, Co. Antrim) has four collections of poetry including Understudies: New and Selected Poems (Seren Books, 2010); has won theAcademi Cardiff International Poetry Prize; has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings and workshops at London’s Troubadour  since 1997, organises the annual Hewitt Spring Festival in the Glens of Antrim, and was chair of the Poetry Society from 2006-2009. To discover more please visit
The event takes place in our beautifully renovated barn and accommodation is either at the house on site or at our neighbouring accommodation* with all meals taken at the workshop venue. All food is home-grown, home made or locally sourced.

• Shared room with en-suite £595
• Private room for single occupancy with en-suite £645
• Private room with shared shower/ bath room £525
• Shared room with shared shower/ bath room £495

All costs are per person. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm a booking. Non-writing companions are welcomed and full board is offered at £300.
All costs include the following:
Continental breakfasts
Buffet lunches
Suppers including wine and soft drinks
Refreshments throughout the day

For more information or to reserve a place please contact Janice Barnett
By email
By post Les Cerisiers, Lieu dit Nurux, 71520 Montmelard, France
By phone 0033 (0) 345 47 95 02

As places are restricted, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

* additional accommodation is provided in a second traditional property – formerly a barn and artist’s studio or at a family run hotel with amazing views across the hills and valleys. These are approximately a mile and a half from the main site. A transfer service is offered but the walk is beautiful.

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