AUTUMN RETREAT AT GRENDON COURT, ROSS ON WYE, HEREFORDSHIRE
GUEST TUTORS: NOVELISTS JILL DAWSON AND ALICE JOLLY
GUEST TUTORS: NOVELISTS JILL DAWSON AND ALICE JOLLY
Five day tutored retreat for novel writers at Grendon Court. Includes workshops, Q and A sessions and evening readings with award winning novelists Jill Dawson and Alice Jolly. There will also be a visit from an indie publisher, details to be confirmed shortly. The price includes accommodation, tuition and three tasty and healthy meals a day provided by our own chef with locally sourced produce.
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.
Jill Dawson will give an afternoon workshop on “Planning your novel” in which she shares her novel writing method. She will cover character, themes, ideas, research, writing time, narrative structure and editing.
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.
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. We may also able to offer mentoring for writers starting out with their novel if we know in advance.
Accommodation: single or double occupancy.
Stylish and comfortable rooms with views over the gardens. Please note that we do not arrange room sharing, it’s up to writers to find someone to share with.
Cost: all rooms are priced differently
Single Occupancy with ensuite bathroom- from £1,200
Single Occupancy with shared bathroom (two rooms sharing) – from £850 to £1,200
Double Occupancy in kingsize or twin bedroom (for couples or friends) – £1,600 for two writers.
Get in touch to check room availability and to check if the retreat is right for you.
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Novelist and Playwright
Novelist and playwright Alice Jolly’s 2015 memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns won the Pen Ackerley Prize and one of her short stories won the 2014 VS Pritchett Memorial Prize, awarded by The Royal Society of Literature. She has also published two novels with Simon & Schuster and four of her plays have been produced by…
Author and Mentor
Jill Dawson’s new novel The Language of Birds inspired by the nanny at the centre of the Lord Lucan case was published by Sceptre in April. She is the author of ten novels including The Crime Writer (which won the East Anglian Book of the year) Fred & Edie (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize) and Watch Me Disappear (long-listed for the Orange Prize).…
“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.”
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. 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.