Courses/Retreats

Untutored March Retreat – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

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.
7th – 12th March 2022
Memoir:Life Writing- Writing from Life

Memoir/Life Writing: Writing from Life – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list!

All lives are extraordinary if looked at in close enough detail. Come and join us to learn more about using your lived experience in your writing.
Catherine Simpson – Tutor
Chitra Ramaswamy – Guest Reader
21st – 26th March 2022
Poetry- ‘Everything You can Imagine is Real’

Poetry: ‘Everything You can Imagine is Real’ – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

Everything You Can Imagine is Real’: Poetry, the Real and the Surreal. Whether you’re keen to unleash the imagination more fully in your poems, or to give your visions a greater grounding in reality, this course will provide a range of strategies to allow your poems to sing with the weirdness of the everyday and the normality of the fantastic.
Jonathan Edwards – Tutor
William Letford – Guest Reader
25th – 30th April 2022
The Garsdale Retreat

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.
9th – 14th May 2022
Poetry - Poems of the Ordinary-Everyday

Poetry: Poems of the Ordinary-Everyday ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT!

In this course we will read and write poems that make the ordinary extraordinary through the medium of poetry. Open to all, the course will offer both writing activities and feedback on poems-in-development.
Helen Mort – Tutor
Fleur Adcock – Guest Reader
23rd – 28th May 2022

Memoir/Life Writing: That Book in You – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

Everyone has a book in them'. Do we? Perhaps it's true when we write from our own experience. Whether it's a single episode from your life to craft into an essay, or a whole family history that's itching at your writing hand, this course will help you find the extraordinary in the authentic and write it to read like fiction.
Linda Cracknell – Tutor
Sally Magnusson – Guest Reader
6th – 11th June 2022

Untutored June Retreat – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

‘Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu…..’ Let your writing blossom as summer arrives 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.
20th – 25th June 2022
Poetry- Writing Poetry

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

We’ll consider the craft and mystery of poetry, along with the creative choices we make. This course welcomes both new and experienced poets who are keen to develop their work within a friendly, supportive environment.
Paul Henry – Tutor
Rebecca Watts – Guest Reader
4th – 9th July 2022
Tutored Retreat- Novel Writing

Tutored Retreat: Novel Writing – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

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 daily one-to-one tutorials as well as clear writing time will help you move your novel forward.
Zoë Strachan – Tutor
Louise Welsh – Guest Reader
18th – 23rd July 2022

Untutored August Retreat – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

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… 
22nd – 27th August 2022