“I cannot recommend this enough for anyone looking to refocus and give real time to their work away from everyday distractions.” Filmmaker/comedian, attended 23rd November 2013
DO YOU STRUGGLE TO FIND THE TIME, SPACE AND DISCIPLINE TO WRITE?
DO YOU AND YOUR PROJECT NEED A LITTLE NURTURING?
WANT TO MEET OTHER QUEER CREATIVES?
Then come spend a day at the Queer Writers Retreat. You will be well-fed, thoroughly taken care of, and you will write.
You will write a lot.
Picture this: A calm and cosy flat with a good-sized room for writing and another for chilling out. A relaxed but focused atmosphere. A lovely selection of tea, coffee and homemade cake in the kitchen whenever you feel like it. Gorgeous views and interesting things to look at, should you need a little visual stimuli. Essential oils to help you focus. A talented sounding board available all day, should you get truly stuck. An opportunity to relax at the end of the day with your peers and discuss your work over a glass of wine or a cuppa, should you so wish. And that warm satisfaction that comes from being utterly immersed in your work for an entire day and meeting, or even exceeding your goals.
Places are strictly limited
Here’s what people are saying about it…
“Thank YOU. It was such a brilliant day. From the start you took care of everything: from gentle prodding on the writing, to a comfortable space and wonderful food and drink all day. And the unexpected bonus, the funny and open-hearted fellow writers. We did chat but it was mostly about writing and only a little about hair…”
“The view is just magic”
“It feels almost more like a salon than a ‘retreat'”
“Stephanie creates a wonderfully warm and relaxed environment where writers across disciplines can come together to work. Support is available at all times, be it in the form of tea and cake, or a sounding board for an idea. Having writers from mixed disciplines is great for fresh perspectives and new techniques and the atmosphere of creativity and mutual respect is really quite special.”
“Having a space dedicated to that work and to have other writers working around me gave rise to a relaxed focus. Working alone I find I lack either one or the other in that equation. Luckily all the other writers were of similar minds. In the intimacy of the workspace, this became quite important.”
“I was wondering about the need for a specifically ‘queer’ workshop and realise that aspect probably had a large role to play in creating [the] sense of ease. I was worried that a queer writing group might be a bit self conscious and seem unwelcoming to people who don’t identify as LGBTI and also whenever I see ‘queer’ anything I’m always half expecting ‘worthy’ and possibly ‘divisive’. However, the sense of openness was important to the work, it turns out. I can see the value in sticking to the label. I’m also 100% sure you couldn’t be unwelcoming. All fears allayed.”
When can I devote a whole day to writing? Upcoming dates:
More to be announced soon…
How much cash are we talking here?
Just £45 for the whole day if you book before 24th December (£55 after early-bird period ends). This includes: unlimited quality teas and coffee; juice and soft drinks; a glass of wine or beer at the end of the day; delicious homemade cake; biscuits, snacks and fruit; a hearty, healthy lunch; an optional morning writing and goal-setting excercise. Plus me – I will be on hand all day should you need advice, a sounding board, or a gentle kick up the bum 😉
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