Courses

Tree - The Garsdale Retreat

Autumn Retreat 2018 (Untutored)

Indulge youself in the mists and mellow fruitfulness of Garsdale.
12th – 17th November 2018
The Garsdale Retreat in the snow.

Winter Retreat 2018 (Untutored)

Now is the winter of your full content. Indulge yourself with log fires, mulled wine, outstanding food and the space to write.
3rd – 8th December 2018
Spring Retreat - The Garsdale Retreat

Spring Retreat (Untutored) 2019

Shake off those winter blues and escape into the peace and beauty of The Yorkshire Dales! Leave all distractions behind so you can start, develop or finish that project and be nurtured with excellent food for both body and soul.
11th – 16th March 2019
Writing Poetry - The Garsdale Retreat

Writing Poetry

Develop your art within a friendly, supportive environment, drawing inspiration from the inner landscape of memory and the stunning Dales surrounding the retreat. Explore the craft and mystery of writing poetry through workshops, readings and one-to-one tutorials. For both new and experienced poets.
Paul Henry – Tutor
Vidyan Ravinthiran – Guest Reader
25th – 30th March 2019
Writing Fiction - The Garsdale Retreat

Writing Fiction

This course is suitable for writers arriving with a blank page as well as those bringing a project they have already started work on. Whether you are interested in writing a novel or a short story, this course is for you.
Hannah Vincent – Tutor
David Morley – Guest Reader
8th – 13th April 2019
Poetry- Releasing the Spring - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Releasing the Spring

Seizing the moment, naming each part of the moment. What do poems do with time - how do they speed it up or slow it down? A look at subjects from many different directions, including location, voice and time frame, to produce fresh perspectives for the poems we write.
Susan Taylor – Tutor
Simon Williams – Tutor
29th April – 4th May 2019
Tutored Poetry Retreat- Closing in on the Book - The Garsdale Retreat

Tutored Poetry Retreat: 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.
Ian Duhig – Tutor
Kim Moore – Guest Reader
13th – 18th May 2019
Summer Retreat - The Garsdale Retreat

Summer Retreat (Untutored) 2019

‘Summertime when the writin' is easy…..’  Be nurtured. Enjoy outstanding food, inspiring landscape and freedom from the daily grind. Spread your writing wings!
3rd – 8th June 2019
Poetry- The Long or the Short of It - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: The Long or the Short of It

This course, through close-readings of different examples of form, aims to push your own poems and forms in new directions and lengths.
Andrew McMillan – Tutor
Fleur Adcock – Guest Reader
10th – 15th June 2019
Poetry- Straight to the Point - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Straight to the Point

Sometimes a poem stops short of where it could actually go. Straight to the Point with Jo Bell concentrates on honing and shaping your work so that it is memorable, true and has a real impact on the reader.
Jo Bell – Tutor
Clare Shaw – Guest Reader
24th – 29th June 2019