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Visit www.mslexia.co.uk for listings updated weeklyTIME AWAYWriting holidaysThree-day Residential Writing Courses in Galloway, SW Scotland. Tutors: Margaret Elphinstone and Mary Smith – widely-published writers and experienced teachers. Numbers limited to allow ample individual attention, one-to-one tuition session included. Fee: £350 for 4-star accommodation andfood. 7-9 Mar & 14-16 Nov. 07843 476862. mail@durhamhill.co.uk www.durhamhillcourses.co.ukTŷ Newydd, Wales’ National Writing Centre, continues its programme of residential writing courses: Spring Poetry Masterclass (3-8 Apr); Writing and Mindfulness (24-28 Apr); Spring Retreat (1-5 May); Writing Stories (5-7 May); Poetry and Dementia (9-11 June); A Novel Journey (12- 17 June); and more. Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre, Gwynedd, Wales. www.tynewydd.orgThe Garsdale Retreat offers residential courses in the Yorkshire Dales, including: Spring Retreat – Untutored (1-6 May); Musical Theatre (8-13 May); Don’t Stop Now! Taking Your Poetry Further (19-24 June); and more. The Garsdale Retreat, Clough, Sedbergh, Cumbria. www.thegarsdaleretreat.co.ukKelleth Old Hall provides a peaceful environment for writersand artists retreats in Cumbria.Daily timetable includes yoga, and optional extras include Swedish massages, creative stimulus sessions, and more. Dates include: 4-14 May and 1-11 June. Kelleth Old Hall, Penrith, Cumbria. From £65 per night, minimum five nights’ stay. www.kelletholdhall.co.uk/retreatsCasa Ana offers Writers Retreats four times a year in Andalucia, with upcoming dates: 14-28 June;26 July – 9 Aug; and 15-29 Nov. The 2017 resident mentor is Mary- Jane Holmes, the Chief Editor of Fish Publishing Ireland. £420 single per week (£760 two weeks). www.casa-ana.comAbri Creative Writing Courses at Gardoussel Retreat in the Southof France. Courses for 2017 include ‘Writing From Life’ (24 June – 1 July), ‘Writers Open Retreat’ (1-8 July), ‘Writing the Bright Moment’ (26Aug – 2 Sep) and ‘Seize the Week’ (2-9 Sep). Courses are full-board and residential in a magnificent mountain setting. Delicious vegetarian meals, swimming and massages available. www.abricreativewriting.comCircle of Misse, France offers an inspiring, pampered environment to work on your writing independently, or on a mentored course. Located on a feeder route of the historic pilgrim’s way, in the southern Loire, atmosphere abounds with several châteaux, vineyards and markets nearby. Circle of Misse also hostsa cookery school, so the food is excellent. One week, inclusive, from £595. Call or visit our website for full details and special offers. +44 20 7993 4291. www.circleofmisse.com‘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 cafés nearby. Accessible by public transport. Ground floor rooms, happy to meet most dietary requirements. Prices from £110for two nights’ minimum stay, half- board. www.peacehavenbandb.comFire in the Head holistic writing courses take place in stunning locations with an inspiring, very experienced tutor. Join other writers for week-long retreats here and abroad: Island, Coast, Mountain& Forest. Hone your skills with a work-in-progress week, Novelists’ Bootcamp, or distance learning. Roselle Angwin, well-published poet and author, also offers The Wild Ways programme: ‘ecosoul – the ecological imagination’, outdoors with mindful walking, bardic writing and various expressive arts. roselle@fire-in-the-head.co.uk www.roselle-angwin.co.uk; www.thewildways.co.ukLIMNISA, GREECE offers writing retreats and workshops in secluded location with its own quiet beach on the beautiful Methana peninsula. 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.comThe Moth Retreat, of The Moth magazine, is a converted barnin the Irish countryside open to reservations by writers and artists. Fresh eggs every morning, seasonal fresh vegetables, and a bicycle are provided. Milltown, County Cavan, Ireland. €300 a week. www.themothmagazine.comMy Beautiful Greek House isa writers’ retreat in the stunning untouched paradise of the Southern Peloponnese. A lovingly renovated stone house in a traditional mountain village three minutes drive from the sea. Let your creative juices flow. For more information visit our website. www.mybeautifulgreekhouse.comPeaceful 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.ukThe Writing Retreat is a residential retreat in beautiful south Cornwall, with workshops and tutorials, delicious food and wine, and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.Our Life Writing retreat is booking now, from 31 Oct–5 Nov, at Bosloe, a gorgeous Arts and Crafts house overlooking the Helford estuary near Falmouth, also perfect if you just want time to write, whatever your experience or genre. 01326 377 419. www.thewritingretreat.co.ukTop-quality creative writing courses at the Groucho Club in Soho, London’s well-known literary venue, and nearby locations.The Complete Creative Writing Course has a range of courses throughout the year to suit your individual needs, with beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. We aim to inspire, motivate and support you throughout your writing journey.Our next courses start in April and we have an intensive summer workshop in July. Classes are held on weekday afternoons, evenings and weekends, and all our tutors are experienced writers and teachers. Published former students include Dreda Say Mitchell, Clare Sambrook, and Naomi Wood.www.writingcourses.org.uk64 Mar/Apr/May 2017 mslexia


































































































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