Creative Writing Retreats

JULY 2021

Writing By The Sea – A creative writing retreat: 19th – 23rd July 2021

Yes, it’s true! An actual (as opposed to virtual) writing retreat, by the sea, in July. This is our first time at Cober Hill, near Scarborough with tutors Ali Harper and Anna Chilvers. Secret gardens. Single rooms. Ensuite. Workshops, seminars, space to write. Full Board £450. Email for more details. LAST TWO SPACES AVAILABLE

What previous writers said about our retreats:

‘Gave me my writing confidence back.’

 ‘This is a great, practical course with friendly, kind and experienced tutors who really know their stuff.’

‘Gave me motivation to write and the time I needed.’

‘I enjoyed every minute of this wonderful week, exciting, interesting & fun. Can’t wait for next year.’

‘Nurturing, safe, inspiring, empowering.’


Everything you Need to Know about Writing a Novel – a five day, online novel-writing course: 3rd – 7th January 2022

If lockdown has given you the opportunity to think more about the novel you have always been meaning to write, then this course will help you navigate the next stage, whether it’s to strengthen and shape your ideas, edit your first draft, or prepare a submission package. The course features a series of workshops aimed at helping writers at all stages of the processes, and you can pick and choose which are the most relevant to you.

The five-day course is led by Ali Harper and Anna Chilvers (with eight published novels between them), and is intended to bring focus to your writing. It offers a full programme of workshops, guided writing exercises and focus groups via Zoom. You will get to take part in discussions with other writers, and you will have an opportunity for a one-to-one with one of the tutors. We will also be joined by a guest author who will share their tips on all aspects of novel-writing. Whether you’re a plotter/planner or a seat-of-the pants kind of writer, the workshops are designed to help you structure and define your novel, so that you give it the very best chance of success.

The cost is £150 all inclusive. (If you would like to attend and the cost is prohibitive, please contact us as we may be able to offer some reductions to those in need).