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Darren Harper – (Philosophy, Literature & Creative Writing)

http://www.darrenharper.net
  • adult education tutor for Cumbria in Philosophy & Literature
  • college teacher in English
  • currently reading for an MA in Philosophy
Aims to promote a deeper engagement with art, literature, philosophy and the world, using a juxtaposition of high and low culture to make classes engaging, as well as thought provoking.
FEEDBACK FOLLOWING DARREN’S COURSES:
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“Great, just what I wanted. Super tutor.”
“I thought this was a wonderful course! The tutor was engaging, enthusiastic and thoroughly prepared…” “… (A) Life-enhancing weekend. So good to made made to think so deeply.”
“Really enjoyed this course, got me thinking and also made me read a genre that I had not tackled before. Thankyou.”
“A very stimulating and enjoyable course. Darren is a very engaging tutor who was well organised and constantly encouraging.”
“I’ve been meaning to develop my thinking skills and this helps me do just that. Darren makes it enjoyable and extremely worthwhile. I feel like I actually know something now, thanks.”
“Very enjoyable even though some of the concepts are challenging, Darren helped us to understand them properly.”
“A super stretch for my mind! Good to discuss and know others thoughts and opinions as well.”

July 2018

WRITING FICTION: ‘SHOWING AND TELLING’ AND ‘THE TITLE’

July 20th at 18:30 to July 23rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or novel. Lectures, exercises and 1:1 tutorials with writing time. Writers may opt out of scheduled lectures and exercises to continue an existing project, or attend all planned sessions for insight and inspiration. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £324 Non-residential: £226 Limited Spaces

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August 2018

PHILOSOPHY: MEDIEVAL

August 31st at 18:30 to September 2nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

During the first millennia Christianity became assimilated into Roman culture. The Greek idea of philosophy as rational examination independent of religious doctrine sat uncomfortably with the rise of Christianity. Questions about the nature of the universe and what constitutes a virtuous life were held to be answered in the scriptures and were no longer considered subjects for philosophical discussion. The philosophers in this course, including Augustine of Hippo, sought to integrate Greek philosophy into Christian religion. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper)…

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October 2018

WRITING FICTION: ‘THE STORY AND THE READER’ AND ‘SYMBOLISM’

October 1st at 18:30 to October 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A residential creative writing course aimed at both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials with uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. Writers may opt out of scheduled lectures and exercises to continue work on an existing project, or attend all planned sessions to gain insight and inspiration. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £324   Non-residential: £226 Limited Spaces

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WRITING GHOST STORIES

October 28th at 18:30 to November 1st at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A timely writing course for those who enjoy and would like to write ghost stories. Using examples from one of the most accomplished writers of the genre, M. R. James, enjoy lectures and writing exercises on character, setting, point of view and structure, before completing some ghost stories of our own! Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £388 Non-residential: £246

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November 2018

PHILOSOPHY: THE RENAISSANCE

November 21st at 18:30 to November 23rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

The Renaissance, a prolific rebirth of creativity, marked a renewed interest in Greek and Latin Classical culture. It was a movement that placed humans, rather than God, at its centre. This course examines the key thinkers from this time, including Machiavelli and de Montaigne. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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December 2018

WRITING FICTION: ‘DEVELOPING CHARACTER’ AND ‘NAMES’

December 3rd at 18:30 to December 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A residential creative writing course aimed at both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials with uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. Writers may opt out of scheduled lectures and exercises to continue work on an existing project, or attend all planned sessions to gain insight and inspiration. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £324 Non-residential: £226 Limited Spaces

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January 2019

PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE: THE STAGE AND THE MEANING OF LIFE 2

Friday January 18, 2019 at 18:30 to Sunday January 20, 2019 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A second helping of Lectures and debates on a selection of plays and playwrights chosen for their incendiary philosophical ideas. Consider plays in context, delve into thought provoking passages, question accepted ideas in society. Includes: The Tempest (Shakespeare), Krapp's Last Tape (Samuel Beckett) and Top Girls (Caryl Churchill). You don't need to have been to the first part (which was a while ago) to enjoy this second helping! Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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February 2019

WRITING FICTION: ‘CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORDS’ AND ‘EPIPHANY’

Friday February 1, 2019 at 18:30 to Monday February 4, 2019 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A residential creative writing course aimed at both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials with uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. Writers may opt out of scheduled lectures and exercises to continue work on an existing project, or attend all planned sessions to gain insight and inspiration. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £324 Non-residential: £226 Limited Spaces

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PHILOSOPHY: THE ENLIGHTENMENT

Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 18:30 to Friday February 22, 2019 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

The 'Age of Reason' allowed the scientific age to begin. The victory of rational, scientific discovery over dogma once again disinterred the possibilities of philosophy, and such thinkers as Descartes, Hume and Kant were born. We will examine these thinkers and their work. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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March 2019

WRITING FICTION: ‘THE LITTLE BOX OF LANGUAGE TRICKS’ AND ‘TIME’

Tuesday March 26, 2019 at 18:30 to Friday March 29, 2019 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A residential creative writing course aimed at both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials with uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. Writers may opt out of scheduled lectures and exercises to continue work on an existing project, or attend all planned sessions to gain insight and inspiration. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £324 Non-residential: £226 Limited Spaces

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