Chasing Time Writing Retreats

Press Pause in the Heart of Angus

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About Us

About Chasing Time

Are your days crammed with non-creative commitments; work, family, chores? Are you struggling to prioritise your writing? We’re writers too, so we understand. Ask any writer to pinpoint the biggest obstacle to their creativity, and they will reply with a single word – time.

Our writing retreats will give you the time and space you need to press pause and focus solely on you and your creativity.

About Us

sandra at roselySandra Ireland is the author of Beneath the Skin (Polygon), a psychological thriller which  has been shortlisted for a Saltire  First Book of the Year Award, 2017. Bone Deep, a modern gothic tale with a mythical twist, is her second novel and will be out in April. Her poetry, inspired by the East Coast landscape, has been widely published in anthologies, including Seagate III (Dundee), and Furies (For Book’s Sake). She is the 2017 winner of the Dorothy Dunbar Trophy for Poetry, awarded by the Scottish Association of Writers.  Sandra is Secretary of Angus Writers’ Circle and has recently completed a Creative Scotland residency at NTS Barry Mill, Angus, during which she completed Bone Deep and began researching mill-related folklore for a forthcoming non-fiction work. She has many years of experience in facilitating creative writing workshops in various settings, including the local community, Continuing Education, in schools and in healthcare. From Autumn 2017, Sandra will be teaching creative writing at the University of Dundee.

Sandra says: “Our retreats are going to be a voyage of discovery for our guests. I’m looking forward to helping them explore not only the glorious gothic landscape of Rosely, but their own imagination. Prepare to be inspired!”

elizElizabeth Frattaroli is an award-winning writer for children and young adults. Her first children’s novel, Pathfinder 13, won the 2016 T.C. Farries Trophy at the Scottish Association of Writers annual conference, and she has previously been shortlisted for The Greenhouse Funny Prize Award with one of her picture book texts. She has also written short stories which have been published in several magazines, such as the My Weekly Fiction Special. She is currently working on a young adult novel, Sixteen Again, which is a modern day Sleeping Beauty story with a Faustian twist. Elizabeth is Vice President of The Angus Writers’ Circle, as well as the club’s representative for the Scottish Association of Writers, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She also delivers creative writing workshops to pupils in her local primary school.

Elizabeth says: “Having been lucky enough to go on various writing retreats myself, I know how valuable it can be to escape the everyday routines and commitments you may have at home, and be able to concentrate solely on developing your writing. In Rosely Country House Hotel we have found the perfect place to host our retreats, with its uniquely atmospheric setting sure to provide writing motivation around every corner.”

dawn hygge 1Dawn Geddes is a freelance journalist and author. She writes for a number of publications including The Scots Magazine, Daily Record,, Scottish Field, MADE magazine, Scottish Wedding Directory, The Courier, No 1, Living Magazine and Scotland Now. Dawn writes dark fiction and has had a number of her short stories published in magazines such as Take A Break Fiction Feast. Her first novel, The Worry Dolls, led to her being represented by the Sophie Hicks Agency in London earlier this year. She is currently working on her second novel, Linger, which is a ghost story for young adults.

Dawn says: “I find Rosely House Hotel to be an incredibly inspirational setting. Its unique gothic beauty helped sow the seeds of my first novel and I’m really looking forward to introducing fellow writers to the hotel, and providing them with the time and space they need to create.”

About Rosely Country House Hotel

rosely oldBuilt in the 1840s, Rosely has a relaxed country house atmosphere with many quirky and original features, which are sure to inspire our writing guests. Set in four acres of land in the heart of Angus, the hotel is only five minutes drive away from the centre of historic Arbroath and half an hour from the city of Dundee with easy access to public transport links. Rosely Country House Hotel offers comfortable spacious rooms with tea and coffee making facilities, ample car parking in a glorious gothic setting.

About Our Writing Retreats
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Chasing Time offers a range of retreats for writers of all abilities. To view our current programme, please click here.

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Slimline Your Writing.
Date: 4pm Friday 2nd of February 2018 to 2pm Sunday 4th of February 2018

If you’re great at getting words on the page, but feel that your finished product could be tightened up more, this is the retreat for you.

We’ll be exploring how to pare back your prose, looking at Structure, Plotting and Editing in particular, whilst also ensuring that you have plenty of free writing time to put everything into practice.

Friday evening.

Over supper and drinks in the bar, we’ll discuss our hopes and aims for the weekend, as well as our current works in progress, and authors whose styles we admire and why. Can we learn from them? What keeps you turning the page? Can you apply this to your own writing?


After breakfast, we’ll have a limbering up exercise before the main workshop:

Beginnings & endings: How to hook your reader from the outset then leave them wanting more.

This will also cover issues such as plot, where to slot in backstory without slowing the narrative drive, and ensuring that there are sufficient character and story arcs.

The afternoon will be set aside for private writing time, and pre-arranged one-to-one sessions. Our evening meal will be followed by drinks in the bar and a chance to share your work around a roaring fire.


Most writers find it hard to step back from their own writing to see how it has changed over time and pinpoint where it can be improved. However, using examples of writing from other authors can work wonders to help you edit your own work more effectively.

Today’s workshop will be:

How to improve your editing skills using written examples and exercises

This will be followed by lunch, with another chance to share your work, and to discuss how you can take your writing plans forward.

Booking information:
Two nights fully catered accommodation
Price for single occupancy: £275
Price based on sharing a twin room – £250
Deposit of £100 payable on booking
Balance payable no later than 3rd of January 2018

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Date: 20th of April 2018 to 22nd of April 2018

Details coming soon.