Courses

Tutored Retreat - Novel Writing Course Retreat 2021

Tutored Retreat: Novel Writing

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 one-to-one tutorials as well as clear writing time will help you move your novel forward.
Zoë Strachan – Tutor
Louise Welsh – Guest Reader
19th – 24th July 2021

Untutored August Retreat

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…
23rd – 28th August 2021

Untutored September Retreat

'Departing summer hath assumed / An aspect tenderly illumed.....' 'Tenderly illume,' your writing with an autumnal excursion to the unfaded beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. Dedicate time and space to your writing, escape domestic chores and be nurtured by outstanding hospitality.
6th – 11th September 2021
Poetry The Figure a Poem Makes

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
Fleur Adcock – Guest Reader
13th – 18th September 2021
Fiction Writing Course Retreat - The Garsdale Retreat

Fiction Writing 2021

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
A.L. Kennedy – Guest Reader
27th September – 2nd October 2021
Memoir:Life Writing - Have You Got a Story to Tell

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
Alan Johnson – Guest Reader
18th – 23rd October 2021

Untutored November Retreat

Treat yourself to the mists and mellow fruitfulness of Garsdale and give your writing a seasonal massage!
1st – 6th November 2021
Poetry - Permissions in Poetry - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Permissions in Poetry

What does the idea of permission mean to us as poets? Looking at using the example of our literary ancestors and living poets to give ourselves permission to write about subjects and experiment with different techniques, we will also use permission as a tool to build confidence in our own work.
Kim Moore – Tutor
Vicki Feaver – Guest Reader
15th – 20th November 2021
Poetry - The Poetry of Now - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: The Poetry of Now

In this course we will read and write poems that respond to their times and explore poems written in the light of current world events, developing strategies for paying attention to the moment, from haiku to poetic journals.
Clare Pollard – Tutor
Carole Bromley – Guest Reader
29th November – 4th December 2021
Untutored December Retreat - The Garsdale Retreat

Untutored December Retreat

Now is the winter of your full content. Indulge yourself with log fires, outstanding food and the space to write.
13th – 18th December 2021