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Residential Creative Writing Courses

Fire in the Head - The Wind's Eye

Our word for ‘window’ comes from the Old Norse ‘vindu’, meaning ‘the wind’s eye’. Roselle Angwin's 'Elements of Poetry' intensive poetry retreat promises to explore the idea of poem as window, framing a slice of time and space at the point of their meeting, whether you’re outside looking in or inside looking out. These ideas will be explored through workshops and discussions for a week in the picturesque area of Gardoussel in France.
Cost: tbc

Dates: 4- 11 June 2011


Queen Camelian Writers’ Weekend

It’s all about ‘pace, punch and a point’ on this three day writing course in the village of Queen Camel, Somerset. The course is led by Susan Elderkin, a former Birbeck tutor, who has been running her own workshops for those of all ages and experiences since 2006, and holds title as one of the best young British novelists of the decade. For those who want to begin a new writing project, or for those who wish to develop their current project, be it fiction or non-fiction, you are more than welcome to join. Three hour workshops, one-to-one tutorials, beautiful accommodation & surroundings, as well as plenty of R&R are included.   

To book:

Cost: £325 - £375 p/person 

Dates: 10 -12 June 2011 



Whithorn Creative Writers Retreat 2011

Based at the southern tip of the Machars peninsula in South West Scotland, Whithorn has a varied landscape of rugged cliffs to sandy beaches. Carolyn Yates, DGArts Literature Development Officer, will support this course, which includes two writers in residence as well as a songwriter. It will offer you the chance to express your ‘unique’ voice in writing, whether that be in poetry or prose, with daily group workshops and one-to-one tutorials. You will also have the chance to meet local writers, artists and musicians during your stay.

Cost:   Retreat House £460, separate accommodation £350 p/person. £150 deposit.  

Dates: 26 - 31 July 2011


All year round offers:


Urban Writing Retreats 


This writing retreat in London offers you the chance to escape, relax and unwind for a few hours in a quiet environment with a small group of up to 20 other people. Bring along your manuscript or a firm idea of what you would like to write about, and you will be provided with your own desk, goal sheet and power points for laptops. Refreshments are also provided.   

Cost: Evening Retreats – Mon-Tues 7-9pm at £10 p/session. Full day retreats run on Sundays once a month at £35 p/session. 


Wassard Elea Retreats 

This retreat is aimed at writers, artists and scholars who would enjoy spending a month in the village of Ascea, on the coast of the Cilento National Park in Campania, South of Italy. Artists of all types will have the opportunity to dedicate time to their work amongst one of the most ‘culturally and historically rich areas in the world.’ Those interested would need to send a letter or email to the organisers briefly describing the project that they wish to work on during their residency, as well as any previous work or publications if available.

Cost: Per month p/apartment $540, per week p/apartment $140 


Hotnitsa – A writers’ retreat in Bulgaria  

A rural retreat within a comfortable restored farmhouse in Hotnitsa, Bulgaria, offers writers of all types a truly unusual get-away. The university town of Veliko Tarnovo is not far away for those wanting to explore their surroundings, and guests can also watch woodpeckers or relax in the local bar.

Cost: £300 p/week or £1,000 p/month p/person 


La Muse writers’ retreat  

With a focus on providing writers with an ‘inspiring escape from their busy schedules’, La Muse is a three week writers' retreat in the region of Languedoc, South of France. It is based within a small village, nestled amongst the mountains 25km North of the medieval town, Carcassonne.  This course is available to writers of all stages, ages and nationalities.


Cost:  For three weeks, $700-950 p/person, couples $850-1350 



Creative Retreat on Tanera Mor, summer Isles 


This retreat is set on the Summer Isle of Tanera Mor, in Scotland, just north of Ullapool on the West Coast. Mandy Haggith, award winning novelist and poet, will lead morning sessions and mini workshops, with much freedom to do as you please. There is opportunity for writers to explore the wild scenery, history and wildlife, write in their rooms or socialise in a laid back atmosphere.  


Cost: 6 nights £525 p/person or £995 for a 2 person room share 





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