Courses

Tutored Retreat-Novel Writing - The Garsdale Retreat

Tutored Retreat: Novel Writing

For writers with ideas and some experience, looking for some dedicated time to progress a longer prose project in a supportive and friendly environment. Workshops and one-to-one tutorials as well as clear writing time will help you move your novel forward.
Zoë Strachan – Tutor
Louise Welsh – Guest Reader
8th – 13th July
Fiction Writing - Making Up Truths - The Garsdale Retreat

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
Carol Farrelly – Guest Reader
22nd – 27th July 2019

Late Summer Retreat (Untutored) 2019

Leave those domestic chores behind and escape to the peace and tranquillity of a Garsdale summer.  Indulge yourself with space and time to write in idyllic surroundings. Meet up with your muse...
19th – 24th August 2019
Memoir-Life Writing - Telling Your Story - The Garsdale Retreat

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.
Catherine Simpson – Tutor
Kate Fox – Guest Reader
9th – 14th September
Poetry- Putting Together Your Poetry Manuscript - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Putting Together Your Poetry Manuscript

Starting to think about putting together a pamphlet or collection? This week will give you opportunities to generate new material by asking what your manuscript needs.
Clare Pollard – Tutor
Steve Ely – Guest Reader
23rd – 28th September 2019
Tree - The Garsdale Retreat

Autumn Retreat (Untutored) 2019

Treat yourself to the mists and mellow fruitfulness of Garsdale and give your writing a seasonal massage!
7th – 12th October 2019
It’s Not Just About Daffodils - Starting Poetry - The Garsdale Retreat

It’s Not Just About Daffodils – Starting Poetry

For the new or less experienced writer, 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.
Hamish Wilson – Tutor
Rose Condo – Guest Reader
21st – 26th October 2019
Play Writing - The Garsdale Retreat

Play Writing

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.
Elinor Cook – Tutor
Natasha Sutton-Williams – Guest Reader
4th – 9th November 2019

The Poetry of Celebration

Poetry’s role as a celebrant, marking life’s cornerstone moments and memorialising the noteworthy is traditionally renowned and established. But throughout this week, we’ll both share, read and write poems that also look at unlikely and untraditional subjects for celebration.
Jane Commane – Tutor
Elephant’s Footprint – Guests
18th – 23rd November 2019
The Garsdale Retreat in the snow.

Winter Retreat (Untutored) 2019

Now is the winter of your full content. Indulge yourself with log fires, mulled wine, outstanding food and the space to write.
2nd – 7th December 2019