SPRING WRITING RETREAT – MARCH 19 – 22, 2020

SPRING WRITING WEEKEND AT TEMPLETON HOUSE, KINTBURY, BERKSHIRE

TUTORS :  ALICE JOLLY & NELLE ANDREW & KELLEIGH GREENBERG-JEPHCOTT,

May 14 – 17, 2020

BPA retreats are designed to allow you an escape from the daily grind and at the same time introduce you to the world of publishing. We aim to support, inspire and nurture our guests with workshops given by authors and writing tutors, talks by ‘industry’ professionals and a one to one session with a BPA editor. There’s also plenty of time to write.

Residential and non residential places available. Suitable for published authors as well as writers working on their debut novel.Yoga can also be arranged if enough writers are interested.

Writers work on their novels in the mornings with workshops scheduled for the afternoons and evening readings after dinner.

Guest Tutors and Workshops

“Point of View and Narrators” with Alice Jolly

As a writer, do you know when you have changed view point? Why have you changed view point and are you sure you need to?

“Point of View” seems to get writers in more of a tangle than any other technical issue. In this workshop, author and creative writing tutor Alice Jolly explains how to get it right.

Alice will also talk about her experiences of being traditionally published as well as by Unbound, an independent, crowdfunding publisher and answer your questions about getting published. She will also give an evening reading.

Alice Jolly  is a novelist, playwright and memoirist who has won both the V S Pritchett Memorial Prize for short stories and the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography. She is also a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University. Her latest novel Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019.

 

“Agent Submissions – Synopses, Cover letters and Insider tips” with Nelle Andrew 

Think of your submission package as a job application for your book. You not only want to apply to the right people, the ones who have a passion for the books you write, but you want to present your book in such a way that they will easily see what your book has to offer.

Leading literary agent Nelle Andrew of PFD discusses the dos and don’ts of submitting to agents, how you can make your submission stand out from the pile, and what you should be asking a potential agent. The workshop will include your cover letter, how to write a clear synopsis and the tools you need to hone your elevator pitch. She will also share her industry knowledge and talk about what publishers are looking for.

Nelle Andrew was nominated for Literary Agent of the Year at The British Book Awards 2018, and was a Bookseller Rising Star (2016) whose career includes discovering Sunday Times, and New York Times bestsellers; award winning novelists as well as several Richard and Judy Book Club Picks. She’s also a published novelist in her own right.

 

“The Writer’s Palette” with Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Whether describing everyday events, love and loss, complex plots or mystery drama, when used effectively, the writer’s palette paints a vivid and vibrant picture

Author and screen writer Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott ‘s workshop on the writer’s palette will give writers the tools to create evoke emotion and engage the reader in a vivid experience. Kelleigh’s background in screenwriting gives her work a very visual and strong sense of place and time and her characterisation highly nuanced. Her debut novel Swan Song, a fictionalised reimagining of the later life of US author Truman Capote tells of the writer’s last years in the voices of the society women or “Swans” whom he befriended and then betrayed. The novel won this year’s McKitterick Prize, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Goldsboro Award. Kelleigh is currently working on the screenplay for Swan Song.

As a debut writer Kelleigh will also talk about her journey to getting published. There will be a Q & A session and an evening reading.

Editorial One on One Sessions

In addition to the three workshops, resident writers 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.

Venue and Location

Kintbury is on the River Kennet between Newbury and Marlborough. An hour by train from London Paddington this charming village has its own train station (and pub!). Templeton House is located just outside the village in a quiet and beautiful spot with far reaching views over parkland. The house has extensive gardens, a tennis court and indoor swimming pool. Please be aware that it’s a private home not a luxury hotel. There are lovely walks along the canal and directly through parkland from the house. There is a yoga studio across the field from the house and a session can be arranged if enough writers are interested.

All meals will be prepared by our own chef with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and healthy food. Dietary requirements may be catered for within reason.

Accommodation and Costs

Comfortable accommodation with a range of prices to suit all budgets.  The cost includes tuition, meals and snacks. There will be limited alcohol provided but writers are welcome to bring their favourite tipple! There are a small number of non residential places for writers living locally. Please enquire for more details.

Bedrooms with twin, double or king size beds. All writers will have their own desk and a place to write. The larger bedrooms have desks in the rooms. The bathrooms are shared between two or three writers. There are a limited number of ensuite bedrooms. Please enquire for details.

Residential: Bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms from £850 – £1,150;  Bedrooms with shared bathrooms from £650 to £850

Non Residential: £450

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from a BPA retreat?

An opportunity to stay in a privately owned 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 local produce. 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 afternoon and evening events. You can join in as much as you want. 

How many writers and editors are there on the retreat?

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.

What are the rooms like?

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.

What’s included in the cost?

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.

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