“Asthall was perfect with a wonderful Bohemian atmosphere”
“I loved every minute of the retreat! It was brilliantly organised and I haven’t felt so intellectually stimulated for ages. I loved meeting all the other aspiring writers and I feel we developed and special bond. I will definitely keep in touch with them all.”
“The retreat was absolutely brilliant. Emma you put together a very special package. Being able to spend time in a small group with an author was amazing. I feel I have met some delightful fellow writers too. I also want to mention the fabulous food cooked by Fi. Thank you for a wonderful week.”
“The retreat exceeded my highest expectations. Many congratulations on a most successful few days”.
“Thank you Emma for going an extra mile for me. It is really evident that you dug very deep on my behalf. I am still reflecting on your report, and working out how to move forward.”
“Thank you Emma for all your feedback – it’s really useful. A lot of what you said was there in a small corner of my mind but I ignored it due to be essentially quite lazy. It’s given me a good push into reshaping the book and focusing on the narrative. It’s also really helpful to see where I’m speaking and not the character- again I kind of knew this was the case so it’s taught me to listen to my instincts and not be so slapdash and easily pleased.”
“Asthall was fabulous. Very good contemplative atmosphere with lovely gardens to stroll in and muse on the next chapter! Fiona’s food was excellent. The two speakers were really well chosen…and the whole event very warm and supportive. Thank you Emma.”
When Sara Sarre sent me my report, I never expected it to be so incredibly detailed and helpful. I will be reading and rereading it until I have everything memorised and completely etched in my brain! It is going to be completely invaluable to me. I have so much to learn and she has given me help and guidance which is critical for me to progress and develop. I wanted to read her report several times immediately but sent her a note straight away to say thank you sincerely for taking so much time and trouble. It could not be more appreciated and it goes without saying that everything she said made perfect sense. What a skill she has… I am in absolute awe!
Iain Maloney has reviewed two of my novels and both have been meticulous and hugely helpful. As a newbie writer, he has guided me and educated me in every aspect of writing a novel. Iain showed me why things work and don’t work, and what the industry expects from a story and its characters. He queried plot decisions, suggested alternatives and picked up on things I just forget. Now I am on the way to considering myself a writer. A big thanks to Iain and the team at Blue Pencil. A tricky career change now makes sense.
Sara is a generous hard-working editor who has a strong instinct for story and structure. With all three of my novels, she reached a deep understanding of the characters and honed in on problems with laser precision. From the very beginning of working with her, she supported and encouraged me, which gave me a huge boost. Finding Sara, through Fiona Mitchell’s high recommendation has undoubtedly helped me to secure my agent, Jo Bell at Bell Lomax Moreton.