SPRING WRITING RETREAT AT GRENDON COURT, HEREFORDSHIRE
SPECIAL GUESTS : ALICE JOLLY & NELLE ANDREW
SPECIAL GUESTS : ALICE JOLLY & NELLE ANDREW
Long weekend tutored retreat for novel writers at Grendon Court, near Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. Afternoon workshops, Q and A and evening readings with award winning novelist Alice Jolly. and literary agent Nelle Andrew of Peters, Fraser + Dunlop. The price includes accommodation, tuition and three tasty and healthy meals a day provided by our own chef with locally sourced produce.
Each writer will have a one-on-one session with a BPA editor to work on any problems they may be experiencing. Writers are asked to submit their synopsis and a 3,000 word extract ahead of the retreat.
Aimed at writers who are working on a novel and would benefit from some expert tuition and editorial help alongside time and space to write. Suitable for writers at all stages of their writing.
Alice Jolly will give a workshop on the tricky subject of “Voice and Point of View”. She will also talk about her experience of being traditionally published as well as by indie publisher Unbound.
Nelle Andrew‘s workshop will cover how to write the perfect synopsis and cover letter as well as tips on pitching to agents and industry inside knowledge.
Stylish and comfortable accommodation with a range of prices to suit all budgets. Some of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms and some share a bathroom between two bedrooms.
Grendon Court is a stylish and comfortable private home in the Herefordshire countryside. The main house looks over stunning gardens designed by Tom Stuart Smith and a lake. Writers may also stay in the Poultegary, a newly converted barn within the grounds. The closest railway station is Gloucester.
Accommodation: single or double occupancy.
Comfortable rooms with desks and views over the gardens. The largest rooms with ensuite bathrooms are always popular so do sign up as soon as possible. Please note that we do not arrange room sharing, it’s up to writers to find someone to share with.
Single Occupancy with ensuite bathroom from £950 to £1,200
Single Occupancy with shared bathroom from £650 to £950
Double Occupancy in kingsize or twin bedroom(for couples or friends) – Price depending on room.
Please check our terms and conditions before booking.
“It was such a spectacularly happy time that you created for us all and the good effects continue… It was an immense privilege to be part of such a special gathering.”
“Louise’s workshop was really informative and encouraging. I immediately went and split my novel into four piles and was relieved to discover it worked!”
“Louise was engaging and knowledgable. She gave us useful and practical tips which we could all implement immediately. I really recommend her as a speaker.”
“A well structured programme, the editorial sessions and workshop with Louise Doughty were excellent.”
“It was a really, really special few days, a very well structured programme, brilliant location and fantastic food. it was lovely to meet Emma and Sara as well as to spend time with a fantastic and supportive group of writers. Thank you so much.”
“Beautiful location. Idyllic, pastoral village setting in Oxfordshire. Delightful family home of the Mitfords, steeped in history and literary vibes – an inspiring place to write! I enjoyed the delicious organic and vegetarian options prepared by Fiona. Her cakes were out of this world! Emma and Sara were great hosts ”
“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”.
“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.”
here’s what our writers had to say
“Asthall was a fabulous choice of venue. Amazing rooms, a welcoming ambience and good to soak up the Mitford history. Lovely grounds too.”
“I absolutely loved everything about Asthall Manor. I thought it was a tremendous privilege to stay in such a gorgeous private home”
“Asthall was perfect with a wonderful Bohemian atmosphere”
An opportunity to stay in a privately owned historic home that is stylish and comfortable with a creative and inspiring atmosphere. Stunning gardens and extensive grounds with a swimming pool and tennis court. Delicious healthy food cooked by our chef with produce from the kitchen garden. Workshops and talks from renowned authors, agents and publishers. A one on one editorial session with a BPA editor as well as help and advice as needed. Evening readings and advice on submissions and pitching to agents.
Writers are free to work on their novels for most of the day with late afternoon and evening events. You can join in as much as you want.
The group is small – generally no more than ten writers. We try to ensure a group of like minded writers at similar stages in their writing. There are two of us from BPA and our cook. We are always available for help and advice throughout your stay.
Writers have a choice of rooms at different prices from huge en suites to smaller characterful single rooms with shared bathrooms. Sharers can be accommodated at a discounted rate. All the bedrooms have their own desk and chair. Most rooms have lovely views over the gardens.
Boutique style accommodation, three meals a day plus afternoon tea, a one on one editorial session, tuition and talks from guest tutors. Alcohol is not included.