I’m going on a 10-day trip across the pond… to write in Jolly Old England. And you’re invited.
After a number of workshop and mentor students asked me, I decided to take the plunge and head up a writing road trip, albeit a road trip that takes place across the Atlantic and into a different country, but, hey, who’s complaining, right? We will depart the US in April 2016 for a 10-day excursion to England.
This trip will be educational in nature but with a whole bunch of fun tossed in. Plus, we will be doing a good amount of walking so bring comfortable shoes.
The overarcing course of study will be English Literature–meaning, we will experience some great reading and history of books originating in England. Students will practice writing exercises in the evening after a short lecture and then have light homework assigned that will incorporate what we have learned that day. Here’s what a typical day will look like:
Day 3: Walking tour of the Lake District | Rydal Mount
• Morning: The group will drive through part of the Lake District. There is an included visit to Rydal Mount, Wordsworth’s last
home, to see the house and gardens (45min). The tour continues to Grasmere (10min), the village where Wordsworth and
his family are buried. There will be free time for lunch (on own).
• Afternoon: Free time or the Tour Director may offer a boat trip on Lake Windermere for an additional cost (1hr).
• Evening: Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Transfer to Yorkshire via Haworth | Sightseeing of York
• Morning: Transfer to Haworth (2hrs). At Haworth, the Tour Director leads an orientation of the town (30min). Groups will visit
the Bronte Museum for a self-guided visit (45min). There will be free time for lunch (on own) in Haworth.
• Afternoon: Transfer to Yorkshire (1hr30min). The group will meet up with the local who will lead them on a walking tour of
York (2hrs), including entrance to York Minster. The tour will end at Clifford’s Tower for a visit (1hr). The group will then
transfer to the hotel to check in.
• Evening: Dinner will be at the hotel.
But day 8 will be one of the most memorable days for me, when we get to see a play at either Shakespeare’s historic Globe Theatre or another theatre in the West End of London. As someone who has studied Shakespeare for my writing, I am stoked about possibly getting to sit in his Globe Theatre.
The key age of participants for this educational writing tour will range from middle school to adult learners.
It’s no secret that many authors sojourn to countries near and far to experience new and sometimes different cultures, people, fauna and flora. Learning about countries by surfing the internet is great but to actually see, feel, hear, taste and touch England will be incredible and most definitely life-changing.
Our trip is organized by EFTours (Education First Tours). This particular EFTour adventure offers Advanced Placement credit for school-aged students if they choose to apply for credits. As well, the $3,100 cost for this trip includes travel, lodging, and food.
I will be posting more information about this trip with more detail a little later. Until then, if you are interested in going on this writing trip, let me know by sending me an email at: susan (at) susanwingate (dot) com.