WRITING RETREAT 1

STOP THE CLOCK!

Immerse yourself in a weekend dedicated to your writing
Date: 4pm Friday 29th of September 2017 to 2pm Sunday 1st of October 2017

This weekend retreat is all about creating time for you and your writing. Whether you’re new to your creative practice and need some help getting your writing off the ground or you’re stuck half way through a project – 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 your ongoing writing projects. Whether it’s an idea for a short story or a longer work-in-progress, 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:

         What are you waiting for? Smoothing out 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 will 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.

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 11th of August 2017

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WRITING RETREAT 2

TURN BACK TIME

Let’s bring back the ghost story!
Date: 4pm Friday 3rd of November 2017 to 2pm Sunday 5th of October 2017

On this retreat, we’ll be exploring the supernatural and the Gothic. What makes a good ghost story? Our workshops will help you develop character and setting, while the gloriously Gothic venue will provide you with lots of inspiration. All in time for Halloween, too!

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
Balance payable no later than 15th of September 2017

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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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