The Garsdale Retreat is a creative writing centre in the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales.

It provides inspirational courses tutored by professional writers, enabling participants to develop their individual creativity in a place of peace and tranquillity, away from the distractions and stresses of everyday life.

We welcome all levels of ability, offering a high level of individual tuition in small classes (average size: eight).  All meals are provided, enabling course participants to focus entirely on their writing, whilst enjoying excellent locally sourced food in simple and comfortable surroundings. Both residential and non-residential places available.

Accommodated in an attractive Edwardian house, with workshops held in its converted coach-house, students can enjoy the stunning landscape of The Yorkshire Dales and take walks directly from the house into the National Park.

The Garsdale Retreat provides an ideal place to reconnect with self and creativity in a busy and pressurised world.  We welcome all to share in our passion for writing and to enjoy a rich and revitalising experience.

2018 Courses and Retreats. Now Open for Booking

Prices range from £500 – £760. See individual course page for details.

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Tutor/Guest Reader

Fleur Adcock
Fleur Adcock
Polly Atkin
Polly Atkin
Jo Bell
Jo Bell
Malika Booker
Malika Booker
Rose Condo
Rose Condo
Linda Cracknell
Linda Cracknell
Julia Crouch
Julia Crouch
April De Angelis
April De Angelis
Ian Duhig
Ian Duhig
Rhian Edwards
Rhian Edwards
Carol Farrelly
Carol Farrelly
Kate Fox
Kate Fox
Janice Galloway
Janice Galloway
John Hegley
John Hegley
Paul Henry
Paul Henry
William Letford
William Letford
Hannah Lowe
Hannah Lowe
Andrew Mcmillan
Andrew Mcmillan
Ian McMillan
Ian McMillan
Ben Mellor
Ben Mellor
Kim Moore
Kim Moore
Pete Mullineaux
Pete Mullineaux
Dr Gervase Phinn
Dr Gervase Phinn
Ann Pilling
Ann Pilling
Vidyan Ravinthiran
Vidyan Ravinthiran
Moya Roddy
Moya Roddy
Rachel Rooney
Rachel Rooney
Willy Russell
Willy Russell
Lemn Sissay
Lemn Sissay
Nick Stimson
Nick Stimson
Zoë Strachan
Zoë Strachan
Natasha Sutton-Williams
Natasha Sutton-Williams
Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor
Hannah Vincent
Hannah Vincent
Simon Williams
Simon Williams
Hamish Wilson
Hamish Wilson

Latest News

Exciting New Courses for 2018

Check out our exciting and inspiring 2018 courses, tutored retreats and untutored retreats on Wednesday 1st November. Whilst still offering a broad selection of poetry
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New addition - Winter Retreat (Untutored) 27th Nov. - 2nd Dec.

Now is the winter of your full content. Indulge yourself with log fires, mulled wine, outstanding food and the space to write. Leave behind the
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