As of 1st November 2020 we are hoping that our 2021 courses and retreats will be able to be fully residential again. If however, there are still restrictions in place due to Covid-19, the advertised course/tutored retreat will either run online, via Zoom or run with restricted numbers at the retreat. Untutored Retreats will either run with restricted numbers or would be cancelled.

Places on courses, tutored retreats and untutored retreats should be booked as normal with a deposit of £150 to secure your place.

The price for an online course will be £420. Places will be limited to eight so as to maintain the small group numbers and individual attention The Garsdale Retreat is known for.

Four weeks before the start of the course, tutored retreat or untutored retreat we will let you know if it is going to run with reduced numbers, go online or be cancelled (untutored retreats). At which time you will have the choice to either pay the balance or have your deposit refunded.

Structure of the online week is as follows:
Monday: 5.00pm – 6.00pm Introductory Workshop
Tuesday – Friday:
9.30am – 11.00am Workshop 1
11.30am – 1.00pm Workshop 2
3.00pm – 5.00pm Writers’ Chat Room
8.00pm – c.9.00pm Evening Event including Tutor Reading and Guest Reading

Additionally each participant will receive a 30 minute individual tutorial during the week.

Poetry- Poems and People Course

NOW ONLINE | Poetry: Poems and People

From the character sketch to the monologue, from the real to the surreal, from poems about historical folk to poems in praise of pop culture figures. The narrative, the lyric, the serious, the comic, the sonnet, the epic – this course will explore a rich range of ways in which we can people our poems, or how we can make poems which are worthy of our people.
Jonathan Edwards – Tutor
Jacob Polley – Guest Reader
1st – 6th March 2021
Memoir:Life Writing- Telling Your Story Course Retreat

NOW ONLINE | Memoir/Life Writing: Telling Your Story

A course for new and more experienced writers on the art of memoir/life-writing/the writing of recollection at short or book length. Participants will learn techniques to access and shape their own stories.
Catherine Simpson – Tutor
John Hegley – Guest Reader
15th – 20th March 2021
Poetry- A Body of Words Course Retreat

NOW ONLINE | Poetry: A Body of Words

How can you make your poems live and breathe, both on and off the page? During the week we will explore a wide variety of styles, forms, writing processes and technique, focusing on writing new poems.
Helen Mort – Tutor
Alan Buckley – Guest Reader
12th – 17th April 2021
Poetry- Poems ‘after’ Poems

NOW ONLINE | Poetry: Poems ‘after’ Poems

This course aims to help you develop your poetry by exploring how new poems can emerge from existing ones. Poems ‘after’ Poems welcomes both new and experienced poets to develop their craft within a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Paul Henry – Tutor
Mona Arshi – Guest Reader
26th April – 1st May 2021
Fiction Writing- Making Up Truths Course Retreat

NOW ONLINE | Fiction Writing: Making Up Truths

Whether you are just setting out or want to revitalise an existing project, this course will help you find inspiration and develop skills in fiction writing, whether short or long form.
Linda Cracknell – Tutor
Tania Hershman – Guest Reader
10th – 15th May 2021

Untutored May Retreat

‘Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu…..’ Let your writing blossom as summer arrives with its seasonal influx of house martins, curlews, lapwings and oyster catchers. Enjoy the space to write, free from domestic distractions and fuelled by outstanding food.
24th – 29th May 2021

Untutored June Retreat

'June is busting out all over .....' Let your budding project flower amidst the inspiring beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Dedicate time and space to your writing, escaping domestic chores and nurtured by outstanding hospitality.
31st May – 5th June 2021
Poetry- Releasing the Spring - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Animal Anima Animate

Breathe life in to your poems, drawing on your own anima, the inner creative drive from which poetry arises and polish your vocal skills in the presentation and mic use workshop.
Simon Williams – Tutor
Susan Taylor – Tutor
7th – 12th June 2021
Tutored Retreat- Poetry - Closing in on the Book

Tutored Retreat: Poetry – Closing in on the Book

This Tutored Poetry Retreat is designed for a limited number of writers to work intensively with a focus on individual sessions. Open to all serious about taking their poetry to the next level.
Steve Ely – Tutor
Helen Tookey – Guest Reader
21st – 26th June 2021

Untutored July Retreat

Summertime when the writin' is easy…..’  Be nurtured. Enjoy outstanding food, inspiring landscape and freedom from the daily grind. Spread your writing wings!
5th – 10th July 2021