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.

2019 Courses and Retreats. Now Open for Booking

Prices range from £550 – £790. See individual course page for details.

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Tutor/Guest Reader

Fleur Adcock
Fleur Adcock
Jo Bell
Jo Bell
Jane Commane
Jane Commane
Rose Condo
Rose Condo
Elinor Cook
Elinor Cook
Linda Cracknell
Linda Cracknell
Ian Duhig
Ian Duhig
Elephant’s Footprint
Elephant’s Footprint
Steve Ely
Steve Ely
Carol Farrelly
Carol Farrelly
Kate Fox
Kate Fox
Paul Henry
Paul Henry
Andrew Mcmillan
Andrew Mcmillan
Kim Moore
Kim Moore
David Morley
David Morley
Clare Pollard
Clare Pollard
Vidyan Ravinthiran
Vidyan Ravinthiran
Clare Shaw
Clare Shaw
Catherine Simpson
Catherine Simpson
Zoë Strachan
Zoë Strachan
Natasha Sutton-Williams
Natasha Sutton-Williams
Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor
Hannah Vincent
Hannah Vincent
Louise Welsh
Louise Welsh
Simon Williams
Simon Williams
Hamish Wilson
Hamish Wilson

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