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 was shortlisted for a Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2017. Bone Deep, a modern gothic tale with a mythical twist, her second novel and was published in 2018. Her third, another noir thriller entitled The Unmaking of Ellie Rook, will be out in July 2019.She’s currently working on her fourth novel and a work of non-fiction about the folklore of milling. 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. Her work has also been longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award and shortlisted for The Greenhouse Funny Prize Award. 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 President of The Angus Writers’ Circle, as well as the club’s representative for the Scottish Association of Writers, and SCBWI South East Scotland Co-ordinator. 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, People’s Friend, 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. She delivers creative writing sessions to children within school as well as providing a publicity and marketing training course for authors at Dundee University.

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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Date: Friday, February 8th (4pm)  to Sunday, February 10th (2pm), 2019.

New year, a new writing you!

Slimline Your Writing with our tutored weekend.

If you’re great at getting words on the page, but feel that your finished product could do with some streamlining, this is the retreat for you. Workshops will be run by Sandra Ireland, author of Beneath the Skin (shortlisted for a Saltire Award) and Bone Deep. Sandra says:

“Good editing is so much more than spotting typos and correcting grammar. In my workshops, we’ll be looking at effective structure and how to make the reader turn that page!”

We’ll be exploring how to pare back your prose, and how to edit for maximum suspense and emotional impact. You’ll also have plenty of free writing time to put ideas into practice. Rosely House has lots of great little writing nooks, a roaring log fire, a bar, and endless supplies of tea and coffee!

Fully-catered. Menu options will be sent out after booking.

All bedrooms en suite. Single occupancy £275. Twin sharing  £250. Booking form can be downloaded from the ‘How to Book’ page.

Please email for further information, or to reserve your place.





A day retreat on novel writing

Date: Saturday 22nd of June 10am – 4pm 

A day retreat on promoting yourself and your work.

Date: 10 am – 4pm Saturday 7th of September 2019


Untutored Fully Catered Writing Retreat 2019
Date: 4pm Friday 1st of November to 2pm Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Bespoke Writing Weekends also available on request. Contact us on: to discuss your needs.



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How to book

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If you have any questions about Chasing Time Writing Retreats, please email us at:

To reserve your place, please fill out the attached form and return it to us by email or by post.


Chasing Time Booking Form – weekend and day retreat booking form – word  document

Chasing Time Booking Form – weekend and day retreat booking form – pdf

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Chase time. Catch time. Make time.