Creative writing retreats

Make 2011 the year that you pen your first poem, short story or novel, with the help of one of these creative writing courses and retreats in inspiring countryside


Glencot House, Somerset


No one can fail to be inspired by this beautiful Jacobean-style mansion filled with exotic antiques and quirky trinkets. Offering a variety of three-day fiction and non-fiction courses, taught by published authors, starting from £525 per person.
Tel: 01749 677260


Ty Newydd, Gwynedd

Ty Newydd (above) is open to everyone, of all ages, experiences and whatever genre you wish to write in. Ty Newydd is a gorgeous building in Abercain, and was the final home of Lloyd George. It has secluded gardens and stunning views of Cardigan Bay. They run writing courses and retreats throughout the year, including a poetry course led by Carol Ann Duffy, and a nature writing course in October, taught by Nigel Brown and Mark Cocker.
Tel: 01766 522811

Arvon Foundation, various locations

From poetry to musical theatre writing, this charity offers a wealth of creative writing courses in glorious rural locations, like Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and Clunton in Shropshire. The charity also runs regular writing competitions for you to submit your work.

Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
Tel : 01422 843714

Clunton, Shropshire
Tel: 01588 640658

Totleigh Barton, Devon
Tel: 01409 231338

Moniack Mhor, Inverness-shire
Tel: 01463 741675


Farncombe Estate, Worcestershire

Write something romantic and dreamy in the gentle setting of the north Cotswolds (above), near Broadway. Day courses allow you to take your first steps in novel writing or finally complete what you’ve been working on for years. They also offer songwriting courses.
Tel: 033 3456 8580

Grange by the Sea, Isle of Wight

Stay in a sumptuous Georgian country house hotel in the old village of Shanklin on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Learn how to hone your writer’s voice and pen your personal experiences under the instruction of acclaimed novelists. Lovely thatched pubs, tearooms and sandy beach nearby.
Tel: 01983 867644

Top Left Corner, Lochinver, Highlands

The wild and dramatic landscape of the north-west Highlands are an inspiring backdrop for budding writers. Top Left Corner have a creative writing retreat running from 26 March to 2 April, £650 per person, including comfortable accommodation and home-cooked meals.
Tel: 01571 844020


Tanera Mor Isle, north-west Scotland


Tanera Mor (above) is the only inhabited isle in the Summer Isles of north-west Scotland and will play host to a weeklong creative writing retreat. There will be a daily programme of mini-workshops and activity walks, with lots of free time to enjoy the island or get writing in your room. The course is £525 per person, including transport from the main land, materials, tuition, food and accommodation. For two people coming together and sharing a room, the cost is £995 for two.
Tel: 01854 622252