Day Retreats

Writer's retreating

Writer’s retreating

Our next writer’s retreat will be held on Sat. 1 – Sun. 2 June 2013

at Hawkwood College, Stroud

(non-residential)

For many of us, the hardest part of writing is actually turning up at the desk and getting on with it. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, these retreats are designed to give you the space and time you need to get away from daily life and focus on your writing.

There will be no phone, no internet, no email, no children, no laundry basket to distract you. There will just be yourself, your laptop or notepad, your plan (or non-plan) for the day and the quiet company of like-minded individuals keen to make some headway on their own projects.

Hawkwood College is the perfect location for a writer’s retreat. The attractive early 19th century Grade II country house is surrounded by its own extensive grounds and is situated at the head of a Cotswold valley with panoramic views of the Severn Vale.  Ten acres of woodland, complete with a Meditation Space, surround the estate, along with a Victorian half-walled cottage garden, a pond and wetlands system and mature ornamental grounds with a magnificent sycamore and beside it the constantly flowing Hawkwood spring.

Throughout the day there will be tea and coffee available and we’ll provide an extensive range of resources on writing to inspire and / or help you come unstuck. Please bring your own lunch.

When you register for the retreat, you’ll be sent a worksheet to help you set your own goals for the day. Filling this out isn’t compulsory, but we’ve found in the past that it’s helped our writers get motivated and stay focused on what they want to get out of their retreat time.

Cost:                Saturday 1st June – Sunday 2nd June – £65 for both days, non-residential. Please bring your own lunch.

Time & Date: 10am – 5pm

Location:        Studio 2, Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7QW

Places are very limited on this retreat as we aim to keep groups small (max. 10). With no embarrassing read-outs or feedback, this retreat really is for any writer, working at any level. Interested, but can’t make this one? Get in touch and we’ll put you on the mailing list. For further information and to book:

Email:              writingspacestroud@gmail.com

Phone:            07951 327 639

Web:               www.writingspacestroud.wordpress.com

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The next one day WritingSpace Retreat will take place on Saturday 20th April at Hawkwood College.

There will also be a two day non-residential retreat at Hawkwood on 1st – 2nd June.

Book early as spaces are very limited for these popular events.

Saturday 20th April 2013

Saturday 1st June – Sunday 2nd June 2013

For many of us, the hardest part of writing is actually turning up at the desk and getting on with it. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, these one day retreats are designed to give you the space and time you need to get away from daily life and focus on your writing.

There will be no phone, no internet, no email, no children, no laundry basket to distract you. There will just be yourself, your laptop or notepad, your plan (or non-plan) for the day and the quiet company of like-minded individuals keen to make some headway on their own projects.

There will be tea and coffee available from the wonderful café next door and we’ll provide an extensive range of resources on writing to inspire and / or help you come unstuck.

When you register for the retreat, you’ll be sent a worksheet to help you set your own goals for the day. Filling this out isn’t compulsory, but we’ve found in the past that it’s helped our writers get motivated and stay focused on what they want to get out of their retreat time.

Cost: Saturday 20th April – £27 for the day. Please bring a packed lunch. 

Saturday 1st June – Sunday 2nd June – £55 for both days. Please bring lunch to share with others.

Time & Date: 10am – 5pm

Location:  Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, GL6 7QW

Places are very limited on this retreat as we aim to keep groups small. With no embarrassing read-outs or feedback, this retreat really is for any writer, working at any level. Interested, but can’t make this one? Get in touch and we’ll put you on the mailing list. For further information and to book:

Email:              writingspacestroud@gmail.com

Phone:            07951 327 639

Web:               www.writingspacestroud.wordpress.com

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Our next one day retreat is pencilled in for Saturday 13th April 2013 – please check back here for details later or email writingspacestroud@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list.

By popular demand, we are also hoping to run a weekend retreat Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd June 2013, subject to confirmation from the venue.

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Our next one day writing retreat will take place at Ruskin Mill, near Nailsworth on Sunday 10th February 2013.

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Ruskin Mill is the perfect location for a retreat – a converted mill overlooking a beautiful lake, with an atmosphere that will calm and inspire. We will take lunch and refreshments in the café and, should you need a breath of fresh air to clear your head, there are accessible pathways around the lakes and grounds.

£30 for the day, including lunch and refreshments.

10am – 5pm, Sunday 10th February 2013

Festival Room, Ruskin Mill, Horsley, Gloucestershire, GL6 OLA.

For many of us, the hardest part of writing is actually turning up at the desk and getting on with it. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, these one day retreats are designed to give you the space and time you need to get away from daily life and focus on your writing.

There will be no phone, no internet, no email, no children, no laundry basket to distract you. There will just be yourself, your laptop or notepad, your plan (or non-plan) for the day and the quiet company of like-minded individuals keen to make some headway on their own projects.

There will be tea and coffee available from the wonderful café next door and we’ll provide an extensive range of resources on writing to inspire and / or help you come unstuck.

When you register for the retreat, you’ll be sent a worksheet to help you set your own goals for the day. Filling this out isn’t compulsory, but we’ve found in the past that it’s helped our writers get motivated and stay focused on what they want to get out of their retreat time.

Places are limited on this retreat as we aim to keep groups small. With no embarrassing read-outs or feedback, this retreat really is for any writer, working at any level.

Free liftshares from the Stroud area can be arranged on request.

Interested, but can’t make this one? Get in touch and we’ll put you on the mailing list. For further information and to book:

Email:                   writingspacestroud@gmail.com

Phone:                 07951 327 639

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Our next one-dayer will be on Saturday 24th November 2012

10am – 6pm at Stroud Valley Artspace

How to write a book: start, keep going, end. Edit/revise/rewrite. Done. There, now you don’t have to buy a book called How to Write a Book. – Stella Duffy

For many of us, the hardest part of writing is actually turning up at the desk and getting on with it. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, these one day retreats are designed to give you the space and time you need to get away from daily life and focus on your writing.

There will be no phone, no internet, no email, no children, no laundry basket to distract you. There will just be yourself, your laptop or notepad, your plan (or non-plan) for the day and the quiet company of like-minded individuals keen to make some headway on their own projects.

We’ll ply you with tea, coffee and home-made cakes and provide an extensive range of resources on writing to inspire and / or help you come unstuck.

When you register for the retreat, you’ll be sent a worksheet to help you set your own goals for the day. Filling this out isn’t compulsory, but we’ve found in the past that it’s helped our writers get motivated and stay focused on what they want to get out of their retreat time.

Cost:                      £20 for the day, including refreshments.

Location:             Stroud Valley Artspace, 4 John Street, Stroud, Glos, GL5 2HA 

As this will be our first ever one-day retreat in Stroud, we won’t provide lunch this time, but do bring along your own. We might even allow you to pop out and grab something from the local shops and the brilliant farmer’s market that takes place on Saturdays in the town.

Places are limited to seven on this retreat as we aim to keep groups as small as possible, ensuring you have plenty of space and a supportive atmosphere to work in. With no embarrassing read-outs or feedback, this retreat really is for any writers, working at any level.

Interested, but can’t make this one? Get in touch and we’ll put you on the list for January.

For further information and to book:

Email:                   writingspacestroud@gmail.com

Phone:                 07951 327 639

Payment is by bank transfer to the WritingSpace account – details on application.

Feedback from participants on previous retreats…

‘It’s the best thing you’ll do all year.’ – Amanda Dorman, writer and comedienne

‘WritingSpace cultivates a calm and unpressured environment … I left feeling refocused on my writing.’ – Kat Lewis, writer and Operations Manager at The Orwell Prize

‘I hoped it would be a good environment to get some writing done…I was right, it was! Excellent all round.’ – Mark Gardener, Student on Manchester Creative Writing MA

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