Yesterday I returned from West Yorkshire and my course at Arvon’s, Lumb Bank. It was one of the most exciting and challenging weeks I have ever had. I met 17 other writers, among them my tutors, Emma Jane Unsworth and Stephen May who were incredibly generous with their encouragement; advice and wit.
It was a week of firsts including reading my work aloud to an audience – something I had not thought possible before. I was forced to work at speed with timed exercises. Again I was a complete novice, but found the discipline freed me up and allowed me to produce some pieces that I plan on developing further.
I was also introduced to a quote by Ernest Hemmingway.
“The first draft of anything is shit.”
What a freeing statement, especially for a perfectionist like me. I will be keeping this firmly in mind and on my pin board from now onwards.
More on Lumb Bank to come next time.