Writing Retreats

Writing retreats in private homes twice a year for small groups of writers

For many writers, the biggest stumbling block in writing a novel is finding the time and mental headspace to actually sit down, be inspired and write.

Our retreats in Spring and Autumn offer you the chance stay in glorious private homes often with a literary connection, write in peace, explore and develop your skills alongside support from one of our editors. Writers work on their novels in the mornings and there are creative writing workshops with guest tutors in the afternoon. There are Q & A sessions with the tutors and evening readings from authors. There is also a workshop or Q & A session during the retreat with a literary agent and/or publisher. For writers looking to submit to agents it’s an invaluable opportunity to get the inside track as well as pitch your novel to an agent/publisher that is actively looking for debuts.

Due to the ongoing pandemic our Autumn retreat scheduled for 24 – 27 September 2020 at Templeton House, Kintbury, Berkshire will move online.

Guest tutors running afternoon workshops include award winning novelists Kelleigh Greenberg – Jephcott whose debut novel Swan Song so vividly captures Truman Capote’s fall from grace and Alice Jolly whose latest novel Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile has been lauded as a lyrical tour de force. There will also be an afternoon workshop on synopses and agent submissions given by leading literary agent and advocate of debut writers, Nelle Andrew

Writers will have a one on one editorial session online with one of our editors.

Tutors at previous retreats have included best selling authors Tessa Hadley, Claire Fuller,  Louise Doughty and  Marcel Theroux as well as Doubleday publishing director Kirsty Dunseath,  publishing director at Penguin Random House Selina Walker, literary agents Caroline Wood, at Felicity Bryan Associates  and Antony Harwood

Guests stay in beautiful private homes, often with a strong literary heritage, in comfortable and spacious boutique-style accommodation. There’s an emphasis on good, healthy food with three meals a day provided by an accomplished cook with ingredients sourced locally.

2020 Spring and Autumn Retreats

Visiting Tutors and Guests

Thanks to the Authors, Publishers and Agents who have been so generous with their time.



Asthall Manor

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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 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.

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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£300 deposit to secure your place. Contact us to check room availability.
The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to the retreat start date.
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