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, 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. 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 Vice 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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Writing for Children & Young Adults *with Special Guest Tutor Chae Strathie*
Date: 4pm Friday 20th of April 2018 to 2pm Sunday 22nd of April 2018

Writing for children can be rewarding, exciting and totally addictive, but it is also a lot harder than it looks. Give yourself a head start with our weekend dedicated to writing for children and young adults where we will provide you with the time and the tools that you need to craft engaging stories for this very discerning audience.

We are delighted to be able to offer a Saturday workshop with award-winning children’s writer Chae Strathie, author of Jumblebum, Gorilla Loves Vanilla and The Sneaky Sweet Stealer, amongst many others. He’ll be covering picture books up to young adult, as well as non-fiction for children and plans to incorporate early stage idea generation, story structure, at what stage do you approach publishers and what to expect when you do, plus what then? What do you do when you get published – e.g. public events, school visits, book signings etc.

As well as a practical and informative workshop from Chae on the Saturday, our Sunday session will feature inside industry information from Elizabeth Frattaroli, SCBWI South East Scotland Co-ordinator and Bath Children’s Novel Award longlister.

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 children’s authors whose styles we admire and why. Can we learn from them? What keeps young readers turning the page? Can you apply this to your own writing?


After breakfast, we’ll have a limbering up exercise and free writing time before the main workshop from Chae Strathie in the afternoon.

During the morning the Chasing Time Team will also provide a Drop In Surgery in the Parlour where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the publishing industry or writing in general.

Our evening meal will be followed by drinks in the bar and a chance to share your work around a roaring fire.


After breakfast we will head straight into the morning workshop looking at the market for children’s books, with hints and tips on how to get ahead in this competitive industry.
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: £295
Price based on sharing a twin room – £270
Deposit of £100 payable on booking


Immerse yourself in a weekend dedicated to your writing 

Date: 4pm Friday 22nd of June 2018 to 2pm Sunday 24th of June 2018

This weekend retreat is all about getting you and your writing off the ground. Whether you’re new to your creative practice and need some help kick starting your project, or you’re stuck half way through and need to get your mojo back – this retreat will provide you with the time and the tools that you need to get the words flowing.

Friday evening.

Over supper and drinks in the bar, we’ll discuss our ongoing writing projects and ideas. Whether it’s an idea for a short story or a novel that you’re in the middle of writing – we’ll chat about the obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your writing goals.


After breakfast, we’ll have a walk around Rosely Country House Hotel’s beautiful grounds to help stir our inspiration, before going into the main workshop:

The truth about writers’ block: overcoming the bumps on your writing road

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


After a word exercise, to keep the inspiration flowing, we’ll go into the Sunday’s workshop, which is:

Making each word count: prioritising writing when life gets busy

After lunch, we will draw up a plan of action on how to keep the weekend’s momentum going and discuss how we are going to take our writing forward.

Two nights fully catered accommodation
Price for single occupancy: £295
Price based on sharing a twin room – £270
Deposit of £100 payable on booking


One day taster workshops

Date: Saturday 25th of August 2018, 10am – 4pm

This one day workshop will cover all the basics of writing non-fiction, from articles and travel features, through to longer pieces and memoir.  Come along and hear industry tips from Dawn Geddes, freelance journalist and Book Correspondent at the Scots Magazine, and Sandra Ireland, award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer.

Price: £80 – includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
Full amount payable on booking.



Date: Saturday 1st of September 2018, 10am – 4pm

If short fiction is your bag, this is the course for you! Led by the Chasing Time team, Elizabeth Frattaroli, Dawn Geddes and Sandra Ireland, who are all published short story writers, you will be given the tools to craft the perfect short story, as well as invaluable advice on how to sell it.

Price: £80 – includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
Full amount payable on booking.



Date: 4pm Friday 2nd of November 2018 to 2pm Sunday 4th of November 2018





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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.

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