Check out our exciting and inspiring 2018 courses, tutored retreats and untutored retreats on Wednesday 1st November.

Whilst still offering a broad selection of poetry courses, we have extended our range to include courses on: Writing for Children, Play Writing, Song Making, Crime Fiction, Memoirs and Novel Writing.

Don’t miss out on a place – bookings open 9.30am!

Now is the winter of your full content. Indulge yourself with log fires, mulled wine, outstanding food and the space to write.

Leave behind the distractions and stress of daily life to concentrate on kick-starting, developing or finishing a writing project.

Enjoy excellent, locally sourced food in simple, comfortable accommodation and marvel in the remote beauty of The Yorkshire Dales.


We are delighted to announce that award-winning writer, Willy Russell, is to officially open The Garsdale Retreat on June 29th.  This is a great honour for us and is a wonderful way to launch our first season.  Willy is probably best known to many for his highly successful plays: Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine both of which became cinema box-office hits, as well as Blood Brothers, London’s longest running stage musical. He also works as a creative writing tutor and has given great support to the Garsdale project.  It will be a privilege to welcome him here in the summer.