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.

2021 Courses and Retreats. Now Open for Booking

For COVID-19 information, please see Courses page

Prices range from £580 – £845. See individual course page for details.

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Tutor/Guest Reader

Fleur Adcock
Fleur Adcock
Mona Arshi
Mona Arshi
Carole Bromley
Carole Bromley
Alan Buckley
Alan Buckley
Linda Cracknell
Linda Cracknell
Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
Steve Ely
Steve Ely
Vicki Feaver
Vicki Feaver
John Hegley
John Hegley
Paul Henry
Paul Henry
Tania Hershman
Tania Hershman
Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson
A.L. Kennedy
A.L. Kennedy
Mimi Khalvati
Mimi Khalvati
Kim Moore
Kim Moore
Helen Mort
Helen Mort
Clare Pollard
Clare Pollard
Jacob Polley
Jacob Polley
Cathy Rentzenbrink
Cathy Rentzenbrink
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

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2021 Courses, Tutored Retreats and Untutored Retreats Now Open For Bookings

Our 2021 programme of courses, tutored retreats and untutored retreats is now open for bookings. With an outstanding line-up of tutors and guest readers, after
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Fleur Adcock's Return to Garsdale

We are delighted to announce Fleur Adcock’s new collection The Mermaid's Purse is due to be published by Bloodaxe in February. We look forward to
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