Heat & Light: Writing through
the Summer
with Ella Frears

Join poet Ella Frears on a six-week online course where you’ll write new beginnings to see you through the summer and beyond.

This summer is the summer you finally make time to write.

Looking at writers who do it well, we’ll explore heat and light in a series of prompts to get you writing. These will not be the tender beginnings of spring – on this course you’ll write drafts hot and bright enough to see you through next winter.

What will we do on the course? 

We’ll read and discuss extracts from novels, essays and poems that capture the heat and light of summer – from Deborah Levy to Federico García Lorca, from Jean Rhys to Mimi Khalvati. Inspired by these brilliant texts we’ll scrutinise that summer lust, interrogate nostalgia and get to the heart of what summer really is to you. You’ll produce the beginnings of three new pieces and lots of new ideas. You’ll receive feedback on your work and give feedback to others. Most of all, this is a course to get you excited about writing and to provide you with enough material to keep you going through summer and beyond.

Who is the course for? 

Writers at any stage, writing prose or poetry, who feel that they would like to read and write new things. Those who maybe haven’t made time for their writing, or those who feel they’ve lost that spark. This is a course to generate new work so no experience is necessary.

About Spread the Word’s discounted rates

London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

Course Timetable and Info 

Course tutor Ella Frears will upload exercises and reading materials once a fortnight on the following dates:

Thursday 5 July
Thursday 19 July
Thursday 2 August

Assignments for each week will be due by the following Thursday, with feedback and discussion for the work written each week to take place between:

Assignment 1: Thursday 12 July - Wednesday 18 July
Assignment 2: Thursday 26 July - Wednesday 1 August
Assignment 3: Thursday 9 August – Wednesday 15 August

We ask that participants commit to providing feedback to at least 2 other participants for each feedback period. Ella Frears will provide feedback on two of the assignments that you work on over the three sessions.

Although this is not concrete, to help with your planning we would suggest that completing each exercise will take a minimum of 3 hours, and feedback takes around 1 hour for two pieces of work.

The course will take place online and will require you to have access to the internet in the times above. Because of this, we ask that you are confident with using simple online sharing platforms, or at least willing to explore with guidance from Spread the Word. Full instructions will be emailed to participants a week before the course starts. Although there will be no live chats, there will be opportunities to interact with other course participants via feedback and general discussion.

The course will run with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 15.

Ella Frears

Poet & Course Tutor

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Ella Frears is a poet and visual artist based in London. She has had work published or forthcoming in Poetry London, Ambit, The Rialto, POEM and the Moth among others and was shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize 2017. She is a trustee and editor for Magma Poetry, and was a Jerwood/Arvon Mentee 2016. She has completed various residencies for Tate Britain, the National Trust, the New Forest and most recently she was Poet in Residence at Royal Holloway University. Her debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is published by Goldsmiths Press.