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 (maximum size: eight residents/two non-residents).  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.

2020 Courses and Retreats. Now Open for Booking

Prices range from £560 – £805. See individual course page for details.

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Tutor/Guest Reader

Fleur Adcock
Fleur Adcock
Jane Commane
Jane Commane
Linda Cracknell
Linda Cracknell
Kerry Darbishire
Kerry Darbishire
Steve Ely
Steve Ely
Carol Farrelly
Carol Farrelly
John Hegley
John Hegley
Paul Henry
Paul Henry
Sarah Hymas
Sarah Hymas
Mimi Khalvati
Mimi Khalvati
Hannah Lowe
Hannah Lowe
Sam Miller
Sam Miller
Kim Moore
Kim Moore
Helen Mort
Helen Mort
Cathy Rentzenbrink
Cathy Rentzenbrink
John Rice
John Rice
John Alexander Scott
John Alexander Scott
Catherine Simpson
Catherine Simpson
Zoë Strachan
Zoë Strachan
Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor
Helen Tookey
Helen Tookey
Hannah Vincent
Hannah Vincent
Louise Welsh
Louise Welsh
Simon Williams
Simon Williams
Hamish Wilson
Hamish Wilson

Latest News

First Untutored Retreat of 2019

Our first untutored retreat of 2019 - the Spring Retreat - just finished today with very un-spring like weather! This was more than made up
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Just Added - Roger Robinson to Tutor in September

We are delighted to announce the addition of a poetry course - Getting Poems Done, 23rd - 28th September, tutored by the inspirational Roger Robinson. Steve Ely
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