Reading and Writing Poetry

is a seven week poetry course in which participants will read and discuss examples of famous and not so famous poems to inspire and kick start their writing. The course will be lead by Ellen Phethean and Kathleen Kenny, two experienced writers and tutors. It is open to anyone with an interest in poetic form, and is tailored to suit both new and experienced writers.


The Lit & Phil Library, Newcastle.

10 October-21 November, 6-8pm.

Vintage cottage retreat in the Shetland Islands.

Ideal for writers who want a peaceful place to work combined with time to enjoy the white sandy beaches, stunning scenery, archaeological sites and wonderful wildlife.  £385 per week May to October. £280 per week November to April. Lower prices for longer stays.

Three-day Residential Creative Writing Course in Galloway Countryside.

SW Scotland 15-17 November 2016. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone and Mary Smith, widely-published writers and experienced teachers. Numbers are limited to allow individual attention. Four-star accommodation. Fee £350. £20 discount for bookings by 1 September and double bookings.


offers writing retreats and workshops in secluded location with its own quiet beach on the beautiful Methana peninsular. Optional yoga, great food; write to the sound of the sea.

One week from £395 full board.

  • Please call or visit website for more programme information.
  • +44 7937 352800.

Cabin on the Hill in Sussex

is a comfortable self-contained studio space for writers needing solitude. Offers short stays or day retreat, self or demi-catering, a homely atmosphere, good food, a great garden with wonderful views, and the possibility of writing sessions. See website for full details.

Peaceful Hideaway Retreat

in the hills of mid-Wales. Perfect for Writers. Comfortable and cosy with woodburning stove. Enjoy silence and solitude, inspirational views, wild walking, and starry nights. Short or long stays welcome. Public transport possible.

‘Find yourself by the sea’.

Tiny, writer-friendly B&B also offers peaceful retreats beside the Sussex coast.
Stay in the cosy library or the generous double room – and find books everywhere! Take a four-minute stroll on the sandy beach at The Witterings to refresh yourself. Plenty of cafes nearby. Accessible by public transport. Ground floor rooms, happy to meet most dietary requirements.
Prices from £110 for 2 nights’ minimum stay, half-board. For further details, see

Abri Creative Writing courses at Gardoussel Retreat

in the South of France. Tutors for 2016 include Kenneth Steven 'Writing for Beginners' (11-18 Nov) plus 3 Writers Open Retreats with mentoring (3-10 June, 3-10 Sep, 23-30 Sep). Courses are full-board and residential in a magnificent mountain setting. Delicious vegetarian meals, swimming and massages available.

'Just read Ann Abineri's January Flash Card in #LittleMs @Mslexia. #BOOM #Fabulouswriting. Deserves more than £20! #genius'