Category Archives: Retreat

Holidays for Writers – are they worth it?

I’ve recently been lucky enough to spend time at two well known writers’ Summer Schools.  The Writers’ Holiday at Fishguard (Pembrokeshire) and Swanwick the Writers’ Summer School (Derbyshire). So what can you do at a writers’ holiday? Apart from network and enjoy … Continue reading


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Short Story Writing Courses

Just a couple of forthcoming courses to tell you about today. 10th – 12th April 2015 ‘Write a Short Story in a Weekend’ at the Royal Agricultural University – Cirencester (above) A step by step guide to writing a short … Continue reading


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The Dunford Novelists’ Conference

Gosh, it’s ages since I wrote a blog, and I have been meaning to tell you about the Dunford Novelists for a while. This is my all time favourite writing conference. Two reasons: one, it’s at the end of January … Continue reading


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Writing Retreat – Day Five

Thursday 1st December Hell, it’s my last day and I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I planned.  Get up at crack of dawn. Open laptop. Write and write and write.  Finish Chapter Three. Edit late chapters.   End with … Continue reading


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Writing Retreat – Day Four

Wednesday  30 November Must do some more writing. Back to Chapter Two. Delete lots of what I wrote.  Force myself not to edit later chapter in novel.  Finally get going on chapter Two, even though I delete more words. Wed … Continue reading


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Writing Retreat – Day Three

Tuesday 29 November Beautiful day. Take Maggie for long walk. Get back at 10.00. Leisurely breakfast. Must get serious about this.  Sit and drink morning coffee on window seat watching view. Decide it will be good plan to do some stream … Continue reading


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Writing Retreat – Day Two

Monday 28 November Slept wonderfully well. Walked Maggie across the fields – there is a footpath a few hundred yards away.  We both get extremely wet.   Returned to cottage to dry off. Read back through first chapter. Not bad. Will … Continue reading


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Writing Retreat

Hello. This is my first ever blog. And I thought I’d kick it off with another first in my life – my first ever solitary writing retreat. Five days of uninterrupted writing in a cottage in Devon – alone.  Just … Continue reading


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