Category Archives: Writing classes

Weekend Creative Writing Retreat, Scotland

Writing retreat, suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced writers.
Orchard Lodge, Alloa

Arrive late afternoon, Friday 9 – Depart Monday 12 March 2018

I am offering a weekend creative writing retreat (one evening and two full days) in a beautiful venue in the countryside. There will be structured classes, time for personal writing and informal group sessions to share and discuss your writing, as well as time for social activities (such as exploring the local area around Stirling). There will also be time to respond to your own questions and ideas to help you improve your skills and to develop projects.

The rooms are all twin, so you can share or bring a non-participating friend or partner for a reduced fee.

Day 1
Arrive at 3.30, time to settle in and familiarise yourself with your beautiful surroundings and meet fellow participants.
Dinner, followed by evening of introductions and kick start writing workshop.
Day 2
Structured workshops after breakfast.
Lunch and time for you to explore the environment or take time out for your writing.
Dinner, followed by structured writing workshop.
Day 3
As above
Day 4
Breakfast and farewell.
• In each day there will be time for one-to-one support with me about your own personal writing journey as well as group sharing.• PRICES (these include all meals):
£450 for your own en-suite room.
Either: £100 non-refundable deposit by 31 December 2017, outstanding amount to be paid by end of January 2018.
Or: “Early bird” offer of £420 if you book and pay in full by the end of December 2017.
Non-participating partners pay £180, which means a £60 non-refundable deposit by 31 December 2017, outstanding amount to be paid by end of January.
Sharing – If you are sharing an en-suite room it is £385 per person
Either:  £100 each sharer deposit by 31 December 2017 outstanding amount to be paid by end of January 2018.
Or: “Early bird” offer £365 if you book and pay in full by 31 December 2017.

“Your classes were great, I really enjoyed them. I have been to writing classes in the past that I didn’t really enjoy and sort of put me off the whole thing, but your classes got me loving writing again.”

“I just wanted to say that I have learned a good deal, and have enjoyed the workshops.”
“I feel like we are just getting going and I would definitely do another block if it was open to us. I’ve really got a lot out of it.”

“I really valued your course – it got me to complete something for the first time in years.”

“Just to say thank you for all the helpful guidance and encouragement. I have learned much.”


Creative Writing Classes New Term

My new series of writing classes begin in January. For further information and registration, go to the Poldrate Centre’s courses page – the creative writing one is in the list, and you can read about it there. There is a link at the top of the page to enrol.