The Garsdale Retreat in the snow.

Winter Retreat (Untutored)

Now is the winter of your full content. Indulge yourself with log fires, mulled wine, outstanding food and the space to write.
27th November – 2nd December 2017
Encounters and Collisions - The Garsdale Retreat

Encounters and Collisions

Poets have always used encounters with things to inspire their writing.Come prepared to be immersed in reading and writing poetry! This course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced writers.
Kim Moore – Tutor
Ian McMillan – Guest Reader
5th – 10th March 2018
Spring Retreat - The Garsdale Retreat

Spring Retreat (Untutored)

Shake off those winter blues and escape into the peace and beauty of The Yorkshire Dales.
19th – 24th March 2018

It’s Not Just About Daffodils – A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Poetry

For the less experienced or even the complete novice, those put off poetry at school or those who just want to have a go. Using guided exercises, the course explores a range of form and subject matter to help you shape and write poems with confidence. Arrive, a poetry virgin - leave, an emerging poet.
Hamish Wilson – Tutor
John Hegley – Guest Reader
9th – 14th April 2018

Poetry – The Joy of Making

In its earliest form, a poem was a ‘thing made or created’.  This course concentrates on the making of new work and its presentation.  Using prompts of all kinds including the beautiful surroundings of Garsdale, you’ll sharpen your technique, liberate your voice and enjoy the buzz of creating new poems.
Simon Williams – Tutor
Susan Taylor – Tutor
30th April – 5th May 2018

What I Mean to Say

What I Mean to Say is a course for both new and more experienced writers on the art of memoir/ life-writing/ the writing of recollection at short or book length.
Catherine Simpson – Tutor
Dr Gervase Phinn – Guest Reader
14th – 19th May 2018
Writing Poetry - The Garsdale Retreat

Writing Poetry

For both new and experienced poets, 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.
Paul Henry – Tutor
Fleur Adcock – Guest Reader
28th May – 2nd June 2018
Nothing Useless - The Garsdale Retreat

Nothing Useless

Whatever your age, background or life, as Johnson puts in Rasselas, “To a poet nothing can be useless”: Duhig can help you identify and get the best out of your experience so you can write to the best of your ability.
Ian Duhig – Tutor
Hannah Lowe – Guest Reader
11th – 16th June 2018
The Making and Shaping of a Poem - The Garsdale Retreat

From Inspiration to Craft: The Making and Shaping of a Poem

For all interested in exploring new avenues into unlocking creativity and shaping with attention to poetic craft and technique.  Find and develop your own poetic voice.  (Optional early evening meditation takes participants to a place of inner silence and stillness).
Pete Mullineaux – Tutor
Moya Roddy – Guest/Meditation
18th – 23rd June 2018


Forge your own approach to playwriting with confidence on this playwriting course which will cover initial idea, character, scenes and structure, dialogue. Open to all levels.
April De Angelis – Tutor
Natasha Sutton-Williams – Guest Reader
25th – 30th June 2018