Courses

Tutored Retreat: Poetry – Closing in on the Book

This Tutored Poetry Retreat is designed for a limited number of writers to work intensively with a focus on individual sessions. Open to all serious about taking their poetry to the next level.
Steve Ely – Tutor
Helen Mort – Guest Reader
22nd – 27th June 2020

Untutored July Retreat 2020

Summertime when the writin' is easy…..’  Be nurtured. Enjoy outstanding food, inspiring landscape and freedom from the daily grind. Spread your writing wings!
13th – 18th July 2020

Fiction Writing: Making Up Truths

Whether you are just setting out or want to revitalise an existing project, this course will help you find inspiration and develop skills in fiction writing, whether short or long form.
Linda Cracknell – Tutor
John Rice – Guest Reader
27th July – 1st August 2020

Untutored August Retreat 2020

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…
24th – 29th August 2020

Poetry: The Figure a Poem Makes

Robert Frost said: “It begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” In this course we will delight in the variousness of the figures that poems make by exploring a wide variety of styles, forms, writing processes and techniques.
Mimi Khalvati – Tutor
John Alexander Scott – Guest Reader
7th – 12th September 2020

Fiction Writing 2020

This course is suitable for writers arriving with a blank page as well as those bringing a project they have already started work on. Whether you are interested in writing a novel or a short story, this course is for you.
Hannah Vincent – Tutor
Carol Farrelly – Guest Reader
21st – 26th September 2020

Poetry: Veiling the Narrative

A look at different ways of telling a story in our poetry, exploring the use of images to create a narrative and how we can construct a narrative arc in poetry.
Kim Moore – Tutor
Kerry Darbishire – Guest Reader
5th – 10th October 2020

Untutored October Retreat 2020

Treat yourself to the mists and mellow fruitfulness of Garsdale and give your writing a seasonal massage!
19th – 24th October 2020

Memoir/Life Writing: Have You Got a Story to Tell?

Whether you are a complete beginner or already have a body of work, this course will give you the tools and techniques to turn your life events into a narrative.
Cathy Rentzenbrink – Tutor
Sam Miller – Guest Reader
2nd – 7th November 2020
Tree - The Garsdale Retreat

Untutored November Retreat 2020

Now is the winter of your full content. Indulge yourself with log fires, outstanding food and the space to write.
23rd – 28th November 2020