Due to the continuing state of emergency in France, and worldwide, the 2020 Course dates have been moved to later in the year. The example itinerary may change based on government advice. We will keep you updated as much as possible.
Course 1: Mon 17th August 2020- Sat 29th August 2020
Course 2: Mon 7th September 2020- Sat 19th September 2020
Course 1: 12th July 2021- 24th July 2021
Course 2: 2nd August 2021- 14th August 2021
Our twelve-day courses are designed to help improve or to help you learn how to write a piece of fiction/a story. You will be guided by a resident tutor who will provide you with support, guidance and a little bit of fun throughout your stay with us. For me the importance of a writing course is the balance between teaching and having time to write and so the course is split into ‘teaching days’ and ‘free writing days’. All meals are included in the price and we aim to provide two trips out in the local area to inspire your work.
Monday: Arrival from 3pm-4pm. Afternoon Tea at 5:30pm. Introduction session with tutor and other students around 7pm. A light supper of soup and bread will be available at 8:30pm for those still hungry after the Tea.
Tuesday: Breakfast at 8:30. First lesson at 9:30 until 11:00. A break for refreshments and a home baked goodie until 11:15. Second lesson from 11:15 until 1 when we break for lunch. After lunch you have the freedom to write, read, enjoy the grounds or go for a drive/walk. Meet back at the retreat for dinner at 7 and then after dinner we’ll play some fun writing games.
Wednesday: Trip out in the local area in search of inspiration. Picnic included.
Thursday: A similar day to Tuesday.
Friday: A similar day to Tuesday.
Saturday to Wednesday: Free writing period. You can do or go wherever you wish (a folder with local attractions is available to look through at the retreat). The tutor will be around if you need any help with your work. Food will be as it is during the regular weeks. Lunch bags will be available if given a day’s advance notice. Another day trip is planned during this period.
Thursday: Breakfast at 8:30. At 9:30 a lesson in editing will begin, with usual pause for refreshments at 11. You’ll then continue your editing sessions until 1 when you’ll stop for a light lunch. After lunch you’ll be free to finish your editing or enjoy a walk etc. As a special treat, after what it is ultimately the hardest lesson for a writer to learn, you will be taken out to a local French restaurant to celebrate your hard work. A 20 Euro allowance per person will be paid by the retreat for the meal.
Friday, last full day: Breakfast will be available from eight to nine o’clock, to allow for lie-ins. You then have the rest of the day to yourself. Lunch will be at 1. If you want a one-on-one session with the tutor she’ll be available all day. At 6:30pm we will be having our last meal together, followed by a showcase of anything anybody would like to share with the group.
Saturday: A filling breakfast for our final morning before departure anytime before 12pm.
We aim for the itinerary to be as close to the example as possible, although the days of trips may change depending whether anything special is happening at local attractions during the period of your stay.
Price for 12 Nights- Room and Full Board
(See Room pages for descriptions of each room)
Dumas: £1225, single person.
Hugo: £1255, single person.
Verne: £1345, single person. £20 extra a night for two people sharing.
Please inform us of any allergies, intolerances or special diets e.g. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or other dietary requirements. Examples of menus is included on the Food page of this website, found in the ‘What We Offer’ tab. For examples of what you may want to bring with you, please see the ‘Contact Us’ tab.
When booking could you please book the first week of your stay and it will take you to the price for 12 Nights. Thank you.
During booking you will be asked if you wish to pay the full price or a deposit. The deposit is non-refundable and any cancellation has to be made five weeks in advance. You will be asked, by email, to pay the final instalment five weeks before. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.