Courses/Retreats

Untutored February Retreat – FULLY BOOKED email for waiting list

‘Late February days; and now at last, Might you have thought that Winter’s woe was past; So fair the sky was and so soft the air.’ William Morris. Lose that winter woe on an untutored retreat. Enjoy the space to write, free from domestic distractions and fuelled by outstanding food.
19th – 24th February 2024

Untutored March Retreat – ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT!

It is said that March ‘comes in like a lion, out a lamb.’ Whether wintry or vernal, enjoy the space to write, free from domestic distractions and fuelled by outstanding food.
4th – 9th March 2024

Memoir: Write Your Own Story – ONE PLACE LEFT!

Memoir writing is the art of writing your own story in your own voice. Everyone’s life experiences are unique and deserve to be told. Join us to write your own story. Suitable for writers of any level of experience, or none.
Catherine Simpson – Tutor
Adam Farrer – Guest Reader
18th – 23rd March 2024

Poetry: Surprising Ourselves in Poetry

Saying what you mean in writing feels good. Maybe even better is the way we can surprise ourselves in poetry. Whether you're new to writing poetry or in need of some refreshment, come and explore how we can surprise ourselves and spark each other's thinking in a small supportive group.
Philip Gross – Tutor
Katharine Towers – Guest Reader
15th – 20th April 2024

Fiction: Writing Fiction – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

This fiction writing course is suitable for writers at any stage of their creative journey, whether just starting out, working on a novel or short stories, or in the process of developing an idea.
Sally O’Reilly – Tutor
Sally Magnusson – Guest Reader
29th April – 4th May 2024

Untutored May Retreat – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

Come to Garsdale in May, ‘Of spring and summer months the queen.’ (Clare) Leave off gathering nuts and enjoy the space to write, free from domestic distractions and fuelled by outstanding food.
13th – 18th May 2024

Tutored Poetry Retreat: Developing Your Poetry

This tutored retreat is designed for writers to work intensively with a focus on individual sessions to help them develop their work. This tutored retreat includes one 90 minute group workshop and one 30 minute individual tutorial each day.
Steve Ely – Tutor
Fleur Adcock – Guest Reader
3rd – 8th June 2024
Tutored Retreat- Novel Writing

Tutored Retreat: Novel Writing – ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT!

Novelists, memoirists, short story writers – do you need time, space and encouragement to move your manuscript forward? This retreat is for prose writers who want guidance and motivation to help their work-in-progress achieve its potential.
Zoë Strachan – Tutor
Louise Welsh – Guest Reader
17th – 22nd June 2024

Poetry: Writing the Self/Hiding the Self FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

During this poetry course, we will explore the joy and the perils of writing about the self in poetry. Using a wide and diverse range of poetry, we’ll examine how our life experiences can enrich our poetry and how our inner landscape can be rich and fertile ground for creativity.
Kim Moore – Tutor
Liz Berry – Guest Reader
1st – 6th July 2024

Untutored July Retreat – ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT!

‘Summer’s lease has all too short a date.’ So take advantage of a July untutored retreat. Let your writing blossom now summer is here with its seasonal influx of house martins, curlews, lapwings and oyster catchers. Enjoy the space to write, free from domestic distractions and fuelled by outstanding food.
15th – 20th July 2024