Retreats

WRITING RETREAT 2

TURN BACK TIME
Date: 4pm Friday 3rd of November 2017 to 2pm Sunday 5th of November 2017

Noir is the new black! Our November retreat aims to lift the (coffin) lid on what makes a dastardly dark tale! What is Gothic and how can we use its conventions to enhance our writing? Sandra Ireland, author of gritty noir thriller ‘Beneath the Skin’, will be leading a series of workshops on character, setting and suspense, while the gloriously Gothic venue will provide you with lots of inspiration. What better way to wile away a dark November weekend?

Friday evening.

Over supper and drinks in the bar, we’ll discuss our favourite paranormal authors and ghost stories/films. What sort of tale would you like to produce at Rosely?

Saturday

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

         Setting as character: How to breathe life into your landscapes.

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.

Sleep well!

Sunday

What did you dream about? Write it all down the moment you wake- we’ll be using this as inspiration after breakfast.

Today’s workshop will be:

Character: How to make your antagonist thoroughly likeable.

Lunch, and 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

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WRITING RETREAT 3

TICK TOCK – WRITING DETOX!

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?

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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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