Courses/Retreats

Tutored Poetry Retreat- The Next Leap Forward

Tutored Poetry Retreat: The Next Leap Forward – ONE PLACE LEFT!

This tutored retreat is designed for a limited number of writers to work intensively with a focus on individual sessions to help them develop a body of work. This tutored retreat includes one group workshop and one 30 minute individual tutorial each day.
Mimi Khalvati – Tutor
Ilse Pedler – Guest Reader
12th – 17th September 2022

Untutored September Retreat – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

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.
26th September – 1st October 2022

Memoir/Life Writing: Telling Your Story – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

A course for new and more experienced writers on the art of memoir/life-writing/the writing of recollection at short or book length. Participants will learn techniques to access and shape their own stories. 
Catherine Simpson – Tutor
Alan Johnson – Guest Reader
10th – 15th October 2022

Untutored October Retreat – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

Treat yourself to the mists and mellow fruitfulness of Garsdale and give your writing a seasonal massage! Dedicate time and space to your writing, escape domestic chores and be nurtured by outstanding hospitality.
17th – 22nd October 2022
Poetry- Apocalypse! - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Apocalypse!

How might poets respond to the violence, crises and dislocations of the contemporary world?  Do Apocalyptic times demand a new, Apocalyptic poetics?  On this course participants will encounter a range of approaches, techniques and methods that might help them explore the turbulence of the times without resorting to the ranter’s soapbox or succumbing to lyric despair.
Steve Ely – Tutor
Helen Tookey – Guest Reader
31st October – 5th November 2022
Fiction Writing Tutored Course 2022 - The Garsdale Retreat

Fiction Writing – FULLY BOOKED – email for waiting list

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
Tania Hershman – Guest Reader
14th – 19th November 2022
Poetry - Breaking the Line - The Garsdale Retreat

Poetry: Breaking the Line

How do we decide on the shape of a poem?  Where’s the best place to break the line, and what impact does the white space around a poem have on the reader? This course offers the opportunity to explore form, white space and the line break as a kind of playfulness and the door to a different kind of writing freedom.
Kim Moore – Tutor
John Glenday – Guest Reader
28th November – 3rd December 2022
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, free from domestic chores.
12th – 17th December 2022