Retreats

ONCE UPON A TIME…

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.

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?

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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

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STOP THE CLOCK…
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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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

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CHASING TIME TASTERS
One day taster workshops

CREATIVE NON-FICTION
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.

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THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY
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.

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SAVE THE DATE!
NaNoRiMo
BOOT CAMP
Date: 4pm Friday 2nd of November 2018 to 2pm Sunday 4th of November 2018

 

 

 

 

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