"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!"
We’re excited to announce this five-day residential writing retreat, offering experienced tuition, plus time to write, think, breathe, eat, walk and swim in the style and comfort of a family-run stately home. A great way to ease yourself out of lockdown and rediscover the tremendous energy and focus to be found by working among a supportive and like-minded group.
Aimed at both fiction and non-fiction writers, the retreat is suitable for writers of any age and stage in the writing process. Bring your unwieldy lockdown writing project, or an excitingly empty notebook in which to kick-start a new one – either is fine. Expect to work hard, but also to have plenty of time to chat, make friends or tuck yourself away with a book. You’ll be looked after in style
(think lunch on the terrace, swims in the fresh-water swimming lake, drinks before supper, dogs, evening fires) and come away rested, re-invigorated and with a notebook full of new fragments to build on in the months ahead..
The retreat will run from Monday lunch to Friday lunch, and includes: five 3.5 hour workshops, a one-to-one tutorial, a mid-week guest speaker, all meals (made with fresh, local produce by the wonderful Jax), and your own beautifully decorated bedroom in the house. Prices start at £795 (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.