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Visit www.mslexia.co.uk for listings updated weeklyTIME AWAYWriting holidaysTŷ Newydd, Wales’ National Writing Centre, offers a wide range of residential writing courses for writers of all levels of experience. Short Weekend Scriptwriting Course (24-25 Sep); Rooted in Nature: Writing and Illustrating for Children (3-8 Oct); and Communicating Flavour: Cooking, Writing and Visualising Food (21-25 Nov). Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre, Gwynedd, Wales. www.tynewydd.orgSkyros’ summer programme continues with creative writing courses in Greece, including: Your Writer’s Voice (11-18 Sep, £645); and The Core of Good Fiction Writing (18-25 Sep, £595). Skyros Island, Greece. www.skyros.comNorthern Writers’ Awards Winner Charlotte Fairbairn is launchinga writers' and artists' retreat at her house in Cumbria. Daily timetable includes yoga with Kate Stannard. Optional extras include Swedish relaxation massages, creative stimulus sessions, and more.Kelleth Old Hall, Penrith, Cumbria. 28 September – 13 October. From £65 per night, with a minimum five nights’ stay. www.kelletholdhall.co.uk/retreatsThe Grange by the Sea offers residential courses in Life Writing(30 Sep – 2 Oct) or Historical Fiction (14-16 Oct). The Grange, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. £90 non-residential. Accommodation £54 per night Friday and Saturday; £48 per night Sunday- Thursday. 01983 867 644. www.thegrangebythesea.comMoniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, offers a variety of residential courses including: the Fiction Retreat (26 Sep – 1 Oct); Illustrating & Writing (3-8 Oct); and Science Fiction & Fantasy (5-10 Dec). Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness- shire. 01463 741 675. www.moniackmhor.org.ukAbri Creative Writing coursesat Gardoussel Retreat in theSouth of France. Tutors for 2016 include Kenneth Steven 'Writingfor Beginners' (11-18 Nov) plustwo Writers' Open Retreats with mentoring (3-10 Sep, 23-30Sep). Courses are full-board and residential in a magnificent mountain setting. Delicious vegetarian meals, swimming and massages available. www.abricreativewriting.comCraft your crime novel at Poisoned Pen, the residential workshop at Glenlee Guest House. Kate Evans, author of crime series The Art of the Imperfect and The Art of Survival (Avenue Press Scarborough), will facilitate workshops exploring the crafting of a crime novel. Whether you are stuck halfway through writing or only have ideas floating around your head, come and discover ways of unleashing and crafting your story. Glenlee Guest House in Swanage, Dorset. 12-15 February. From £129. Call 01929 425 794 to book a space. www.writingourselveswell.co.ukVintage 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 rates for longer stays. 07771 848396. www.browstallcottage.co.ukMixed Spice: Inscribe Poetry & Fiction Weekender will take place on the edge of Epping Forest. Primarily for Black and Asian writers, Inscribe aims to use this intensive weekend to help place participants in a better position to submit to publications and competitions, approach agents or publishers with confidence, and develop their stories or poetry. The guest tutors are Mimi Khalvati (poetry) and Kadija George (fiction). Debden House, Loughton, Essex. 23-25 September. £170 double occupancy (£200 single). www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mixed-spice- inscribe-poetry-fiction-weekenderThree-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. £350. £20 discount for double bookings. www.durhamhillcourses.co.ukLIMNISA, GREECE offers writing retreats and workshops in secluded location with its own quiet beach on the beautiful Methana peninsular. Optional yoga, great food; writeto the sound of the sea. One week from £395 full board. Please call or visit website for more programme information. +44 7937 352800. www.limnisa.comCabin on the Hill in Sussex isa comfortable self-containedstudio 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.01342 826 377. www.cabinonthehill.co.ukPeaceful Hideaway Retreat inthe 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. 01686 420 423. www.the-gorfanc-hideaway.co.uk‘Find yourself by the sea’. Tiny, writer-friendly B&B also offers peaceful retreats beside the Sussex coast. Stay in the cosy library orthe generous double room – and find books everywhere! Take a four- minute stroll to the sandy beach at The Witterings to refresh yourself. Plenty of cafés nearby. Accessibleby public transport. Ground floor rooms, happy to meet most dietary requirements. Prices from £110 for two nights’ minimum stay, half-board. For further details, see website. www.peacehavenbandb.com9th Limnisa Short Story CompetitionFor full details see website.Closing date: 15th March 2017writing retreats in Greece...www.limnisa.comwriting for children?Is your writing too sophisticated for your readership? Is your storyline too old/young? Is your word count appropriate?Honest, constructive advice from a professional editor with 20 years’ experience.www.heatherdyer.co.ukThree-Day Residential Creative Writing Coursein S.W. Scotland15–17 November 2016Tutors: Margaret Elphinstone and Mary Smith, widely published writers and experienced teachers. 4-star accommodation. Fee £350. £20 discount for bookings by 1 September.www.durhamhillcourses.co.uk64 Sep/Oct/Nov 2016 mslexia


































































































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