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2020 Writing Retreats 

Autumn is here and the leaves are turning russet brown.

Isn’t it time for you to plan an exciting creative writing retreat for 2020?

And we’ve probably got the perfect choice for you.

From the mystical ‘Forgotten Land’ of Donegal in northwestern Ireland, to soft, sandy beaches and ancient archaeological sites on the shores of the Black Sea in Romania, to the romantic City of Light in the footsteps of the ‘Lost Generation Writers’ of Paris.

Join us next year and you’ll leave enriched in so many ways:

Confidence - You will be part of a trusting environment, with others supporting you to strengthen your confidence, vital for better writing.

Creative Process - You will receive close guidance in various stages of your creative process, from generating ideas, drafting a plan, first drafts, revision and editing, with constant feedback throughout the week.

Craft - You will learn about strategies that will help you widen your imagination and senses, develop your observational skills and apply these techniques to perfect your writing skills.

Cultural Experience -

In Donegal (Ireland) you will enjoy:

  • a boat trip and leisurely walk on Gola Island, a place known to have helped inspire Robert Louis Stevenson to write his classic adventure tale, ’Treasure Island;’

  • a guided tour of picturesque Glenveagh National Park and Castle;

  • basic tuition in the native Irish language;

  • complimentary local food and drinks tasting in a charming 100-year-old thatched cottage over looking the gorgeous ‘Wild Atlantic Way’;

  • traditional Irish dance (ceildhe) classes;

  • lively, heart-warming, foot-tapping live music concerts;

  • delicious hot buffet as part of a ‘Magical Mystery’ Opening Evening;

  • pre-island seafood, meat or vegetarian lunch.

At the Black Sea Writing Retreat (Romania) you will take part in activities that include:

  • daily swims;

  • evening strolls along scenic coastal paths and beaches;

  • excursion to the oldest human settlement in Europe;

  • cross-border trip to the neighbouring country of Bulgaria; visit to the prestigious Archeology Museum in the costal town of Mangalia (formerly an ancient Greek colony known as Callatis), about which some say off-shore is the fabled underwater city of Atlantis:

  • leisurely walk through a rustic Tatar village;

  • traditional homemade Romanian foods accompanied by local wines and even potent home-brewed palinka;

  • free-flowing conversational evenings under a canopy of vines.

At the Paris Writing Retreat you will:

  • follow in the footsteps of such literary legends as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Beach, Gertrude Stein, George Orwell and Oscar Wilde, learning the art of creative writing through practical workshops and author meetings;

  • enjoy hands-on tutoring and lively literary discussions in the very same cafes the illustrious writers of the 1920s ‘Lost Generation’ frequented for the very same reasons, some of whom ultimately emerged as Nobel Prize winners;

  • indulge in delicious French wine and taste some of the best in French food and patisserie;

  • experience literary salons in hosted in historic apartment with lively conversations over lunch.

Before spending your hard-earned money to join us for one of these exciting weeks, why not take a few minutes to read about our philosophy to see if it matches yours and some testimonials from previous participants who have attended in different years.

Meanwhile, we’re off to France. For the inaugural ‘Paris Writing Retreat,’ our last week-long retreat of the year!

We so look forward to seeing you sometime in 2020! SEE ALL 2020 WRITING RETREATS



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