• Introduction
  • "An enormously rich week, beyond all my expectations. Susan is an exacting, intuitive and insightful teacher who gets you to think carefully about the power of words and where they can take you, if you let them. Yes please to next year too!"

    Creative writing course attendee

    Autumn Writer’s Retreat 7th – 11th November 2022

    7th March - 11th March 2022

    Led by experienced tutor and novelist Susan Elderkin, these popular five day retreats are aimed at both fiction and non-fiction writers, and are suitable for people of any stage. The week offers the chance to steep yourself in your writing, with super-productive morning workshops and afternoons left free for you to do whatever will feed your creativity most.

    This autumn retreat will be taking thematic inspiration from the work of our guest speaker, the Costa-winning author Monique Roffey, in whose most recent novel a giant, barnacle-encrusted mermaid finds herself both loved and loathed on land. We’ll be exploring the undercurrents that run beneath our own need to tell stories – and discovering the monsters and angels in whom they might be embodied…

    The retreat will run from Monday lunch to Friday lunch, and includes: five 3.5 hour workshops, a one-to-one tutorial, a talk from the special guest speaker, all meals, and your own beautifully decorated bedroom in the house. Prices start at £915 (depending on the room you choose). Yoga sessions, provided by Iyengar teacher Sarah Constantinides, are offered before breakfast from Tuesday to Friday.

    Your tutor, Susan Elderkin, has been running retreats and workshops like this for over 20 years. The author of two award-winning novels and two books about bibliotherapy, she has taught on the MAs in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, Goldsmith’s and City University.

    If you’d like to find out more, please email Susan at hello@susanelderkin.com or Harry on Harry@pennardhouse.com.

     

    "An enormously rich week, beyond all my expectations. Susan is an exacting, intuitive and insightful teacher who gets you to think carefully about the power of words and where they can take you, if you let them. Yes please to next year too!"

    Creative writing course attendee
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