Poetry Week with Pascale Petit Spring 2013
Adresse : 17 Cour du Château , Ventenac En Minervois, France
Début : 18-05-2013 Fin : 24-05-2013
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Extending Your Boundaries: A Poetry Course

Do you wish you could go further and deeper in your poems, that you could transform the raw material of your life and imagination into poems that surprise you and the reader?

This course will encourage you to explore what is important to you as a poet and offer inspiration and renewed energy. There will be plenty of exercises each morning to generate vivid imagery and fresh language, enabling you to produce new poems each day, drawing on a wealth of source material. As well as generating new work we will spend time discussing how to shape drafts into vivid and memorable art and how to get published.

Be prepared to extend your boundaries during an enjoyable week of hard work and fun in the divine surroundings of the chateau and Languedoc landscape.

There will be a maximum of ten participants.

Pascale has extensive experience as a tutor and many of her students have gone on to win prizes and publish first collections.  As a writing tutor she aims to help poets develop and refresh their own voice and to write more imaginatively.  She has taught courses for The Poetry School on getting a first collection published.  She was a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School and co-edited Tying the Song, its first anthology.  She currently tutors for Oxford University, Tate Modern, the Arvon Foundation and Taliesin Trust and is a mentor for Spread the Word’s The Complete Works project.  She was the Royal Literary Fellow at Courtauld Institute of Art 2011-12and has led workshops in Kazakhstan for the British Council.  She edited Poetry London for fifteen years and so can give an editor’s view of the editing and publishing process.

Born in Paris, Pascale grew up in France and Wales and now lives in London.  Pascale was originally an artist and trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art.  She has published five poetry collections including The Huntress and The Zoo Father, which were both shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and were ‘books of the year’ in The Times Literary Supplement.  Her latest collection is What the Water Gave Me:  Poems after Frida Kahlo, published in the UK by Seren (2010) and in the US by Black Lawrence Press (2011).  Pascale was named as one of the Next Generation Poets in 2004, has been shortlisted for a Forward Prize and won numerous awards, including three from Arts Council England.  Her poems have been broadcast on BBC radio, published in many countries including Australia and the US, and translated into eighteen languages.


  • Course fee- all inclusive in a shared room    £645

  • Supplement for single room                             £150

  • Non-participating partner sharing room         £495

Places are limited.

Deluxe Suite – please contact Julia (julia@chateaulifecourses.com) to check availability and prices.

Click here to read our Terms and Conditions of Booking

  • The balance of your course should be paid at least 8 weeks prior to the course. 

  • The 25% deposit is non-refundable. You are advised to take out a travel insurance policy with a cancellation clause which may enable you to reclaim non-refundable monies. 

  • If you prefer to pay by BACS/CHAPS please email julia@chateaulifecourses.com

  • Course bookings are provisional until confirmed in writing by Julia Bristow.

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