5 Night Writing Courses

What is it?

There are three courses available: Landscape Week, Inspirational Week and Arthurian Course Week.

In each we shall focus on getting your writing to the next level (with a specific focus on fiction writing). The differentiation between them will be the two trips taken during the week.

The trips will allow you to see beautiful Brittany in all it’s glory. After all, what’s the use of coming to France and not allowing yourself to experience it? Exercises will be given out on the morning of the trips so that you will be learning even whilst having fun.

We aim to go out for a meal once during the week (depending on local restrictions) and we will be putting 20 euros per person towards the meal (if you spend over this amount, we ask you pay the balance).

Landscape Week

Writing about settings and describing them in great detail is a special skill of a writer. The best way to write different landscapes is to experience them for yourselves. During this course we’ll go and see some different landscapes: wonderful woodlands, bright beaches, amazing gardens or grand houses and allow our imaginations to go wild.


25th April-30th April 2022

11th July- 16th July 2022

Inspirational Week

One of the hardest parts of writing is finding the inspiration to sit down and write. As the famous phrase by Thomas Edison goes ‘Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration’. The trips in these courses will aim to inspire and gain that 1 percent, so you can more easily write that 99 percent. Imagine lonely islands in a world of their own, towns that appear to go back in time, animals and plants living together in harmony. By the end of this week we hope you’ll be ready to write, write, write.


21st March- 26th March 2022

23rd May- 28th May 2022

Arthurian Course Week

Brittany, historically, was founded by the Celts and so it shares similar stories as Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall etc. Each of the Celtic bases lays claim to the stories of King Arthur and his knights, and Brittany is no different. During this week we’ll explore these stories by visiting places that appear to have stepped right out of a fantasy: wonderful, grand woodlands where you can almost hear the sound of the horses’ hooves beating on the ground; the lake where Excalibur is claimed to have been thrown to the Lady of the Lake; Merlin’s tomb where he was turned into a stone. The choices are endless but, wherever we go during this week, we hope you’ll leave feeling like you experienced the world of King Arthur and his knights. What could be better for a writer than to live in a story?


9th May- 14th May 2022

19th September- 24th September 2022

Example Itinerary

Monday: Arrival at 3pm for a short introduction pre-dinner, including a tour of the grounds, followed by a hearty meal.

Tuesday: Breakfast at 8:30am. Lessons begin at 9:30. First things first, we’ll discuss what makes a story and the basics of grammar. After lunch at 1pm, we’ll get right back to it with the lessons, until 5pm. Dinner will then be at 7pm.

Wednesday: Breakfast at 8:30-9:30. Trip out and then back home for dinner.

Thursday: Breakfast at 8:30, for a 9:30 start at lessons. Today we’ll work on descriptions and all the tools at a writer’s disposal: metaphors, similes, alliteration, minimalism etc. After lunch at 1pm, we’ll have another lesson until 4pm discussing any areas you feel you’re struggling with. After this you’ll have free-time to write or enjoy the local area. Dinner will be at 8pm.

Friday: Our final day and second trip out. We’ll have our meal out on this day (depending on local restrictions) and then return at night for a light tea.

Saturday: Breakfast between 8 and 9. Departure by 11.

Note: We aim to stay as close to the example itinerary as possible but this may change, due to unforeseen circumstances, the weather, Covid Precautions etc.

Price for 5 Nights- Room and Full Board

Dumas: £850, single person.

Hugo: £850, single person.


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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.

*If your city/town goes into a lockdown or you find yourself quarantined/in self-isolation and you cannot visit on the date you are booked in, please email us and we will either book you in for another date or provide you a full refund.

COVID: Due to Covid security we ask that, if you come in a car, you drive to the visits yourselves. Directions will be provided and the cost of tickets will be included in your room price. If you don’t have your own vehicle, alternative arrangements will be made.

Extend Your Stay

If you would like to extend your stay for up to three nights more, please email us at lestylonoirretreat@gmail.com. The cost of extra nights is £100 a night.

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